Man City News: Guardiola calls for response

11 months ago

In the latest Manchester City news, manager Pep Guardiola has urged his side to respond to their Manchester derby loss when they host Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday.

City would have secured the title with a win over Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and they appeared on course to wrap up the Premier League crown as they led 2-0 at half-time.

The celebrations were put on ice by full-time however, as United produce an incredible comeback to claim a 3-2 win thanks to Paul Pogba’s quick-fire brace and a rare Chris Smalling goal.

Guardiola has now reminded City they have no time to dwell on the loss as they host Liverpool in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

The Premier League leaders face an uphill task to progress after a 3-0 defeat in the first leg at Anfield and Guardiola says his players cannot allow the loss to United to impact on their confidence when Liverpool arrive at the Etihad Stadium.

“We will try to pick ourselves up for Liverpool, we are professionals,” he said.

“It is a special day for United, which is a pity. We did absolutely everything in the first half but then for 10-15 minutes we conceded goals. It is what it is, but we move forward.

“We played with courage and created so many chances. Some penalties in the first half, some in the second half, but we have to improve.”

Man City are 14/1 to beat Liverpool 4-0 with Betfair on Tuesday, which would see them secure a place in the semi-finals of Europe’s elite competition.