Man City collapses to United, delaying EPL title party

Man City collapses to United, delaying EPL title party

Man City collapses to United, delaying EPL title party

With Messi, Guardiola won the world's most prestigious trophy at the club level twice; but five years without the Argentine star (including the sabbatical Pep took in 2013) has limited the Manchester City coach to only watching the final match on television.

The fact that City plays Manchester United in a potentially title-clinching derby match on Saturday makes things even more complicated for Guardiola.

"I don't agree with him, he played good, he did what we spoke (about)", he added. However, City's chances of landing a first ever Champions League crown were likely dealt a fatal blow when they conceded three times in 19 minutes first-half minutes to a rampant Liverpool at Anfield in the first leg last week. "We're going to try next Tuesday and next games".

"When we were on the bus I was reading about how the reception was going to be", ESPN Brasil quotes him as saying.

"Nobody believes but we have another game", said Guardiola after the defeat to Jurgen Klopp's men.

Raheem Sterling's old uncertainty in front of goal, absent this season, suddenly returned and his two missed chances ended up as decisive moments in a most unlikely turn of events.

Guardiola understands why his tactics have been brought into question after the past week, but pointed out City's record-breaking season suggests such assessments are inaccurate. But maybe we will improve for the future regarding this - and realise that sometimes it is not enough what you've done [and need to do more] to win. This is the first time we lost two games in a row.

"We have to be better and more focused on set-pieces", Guardiola told Sky Sports . The first half the game was nearly won we were nearly there, in 10 minutes they recovered. "And we didn't close it [against United]".

The former Red believes it is the worst he has seen Manchester City play all season.

"Of course we are sad for ourselves, for our fans - but we still have 13 points advantage and goal difference".

On that episode, Guardiola has said: "Normally when the police know it is going to happen, they tried to avoid it from happening". Always, you suffer. The next time he will be better. I remember my Munich team being 0-0 against Barcelona after 77 minutes - but we ended up losing 3-0.

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