Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Guardiola was unaware of Mahrez's rotten run from the penalty spot

Pep Guardiola exchanges pleasantries with Jurgen Klopp during their Bundesliga days Pep Guardiola exchanges pleasantries with Jurgen Klopp during their Bundesliga days
Sergio Cook | 08 October, 2018, 12:57

Guardiola has apologised for making that decision, telling reporters after a 0-0 draw: "During the training sessions every day I see Mahrez taking the penalties and it gave me a lot of confidence".

City swept Liverpool aside 5-0 at Etihad Stadium but twice in front of The Kop, Liverpool exposed Guardiola's approach with a 4-3 league win in January that was more emphatic than that narrow scoreline suggests and a 3-0 victory in the Champions League quarter-final first leg in April.

"But with that fixture list I'd have said "I'll buy it, let's start on the ninth matchday".

And with that, he's missed four of his last six penalty kicks.

"Somebody asked me, 'Is the level of the game (against City) because of the intensity?' - already in the question there is criticism (suggesting) it could have been better if you were fresher".

"When he is a player for a long time with us, hopefully he will be for a long time with us, he will go many, many times to Anfield".

"But that's how it is". You have to call the manager of any country and say can you leave players out and he says I am under pressure as well'. It goes exactly there, the keeper dives that way, and you see the reaction.

However, the game could have been lost right at the end were it not for a bad penalty kick miss from new Manchester City signing Riyad Mahrez, who skied his spot-kick after Leroy Sane was felled in the area by Leroy Sane. "I am really happy with what the boys did". "The start of the game was fantastic".

'Of course I wanted to score to help the team to win. You need to finish.

"You can not defend them over 95 minutes at 100 percent".

'I think they did well, we did well, up until the penalty moment.

So far this season they have played 24 games in all competitions and scored nine. If would have defended today like we did against Napoli, it is 7-0. Both back fours bossed their area of the pitch and ensured their teams earned a valuable point, so praise them for it rather than muttering about negativity and "parking the bus". Don't lose the ball in unsafe positions because when you lose the ball there, they counter attack with Firmino, Mane and Salah. "The teams did well and we were a bit lucky with the penalty, of course, that is clear".

Southampton manager Mark Hughes said he believed they paid Chelsea "too much respect" and pointed to a first-half miss by Danny Ings, who blasted over from a couple of meters, as a game-changer.

"The reason why last time he didn't [start] - the only time he didn't [start] - was for another reason, a tactical movement, so Kyle Walker can attack more on the right side than him", Guardiola said at a news conference.

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