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Pep Guardiola breaks silence after Manchester City defeat by Liverpool: Full transcript

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Pep Guardiola was angered that a number of key decisions went against the Citizens.

Liverpool moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and nine above Manchester City with a thrilling 3-1 victory over the reigning champions. The Reds opened the scoring through Fabinho in just the sixth minute. The goal came around 20 seconds after Trent Alexander-Arnold clearly handled the ball in his own area, prompting Man City players to appeal to the referee.

VAR went back to the check on the incident, but the goal stood. Guardiola wasn’t happy about this and demanded to know why the spot-kick wasn’t awarded at the half time break.

Mohamed Salah made it two seven minutes later before Sadio Mane netted a header after the break to make it three.

Here is everything the Manchester City boss had to say on Sky Sports and the BBC:

On his team’s performance

“What happened today we showed why we are champions, I am so proud of my team, more than ever. We can be proud of how we played against the strongest team in Europe.

On the penalty decision

Ask the referees, don’t ask me. Ask Mike Riley and the guys in VAR. Don’t ask me, we tried to do our job. I would like to talk about our performance, it was so good. I know the way teams play when they come here and have so much respect for Anfield, and with the problems we had in the squad, the way we played was awesome. It was one of the best performances we have played.We played like back-to-back champions. That is the point. And if in seven months Liverpool win I will be the first to congratulate them.
We cannot deny how good Liverpool are but the way we played, the way we created chances, the personality, it was good. At the end, in the boxes it was quite similar to the Champions League, three shots on target, and the first two were goals, so it’s not easy. But after that we continued and we did it.

On why Man City lost

We lost because they scored three goals and we scored one. There are many things about one team and how they play and how we have to grow when we play away on the big stages like today.
It was quite similar to the [Champions League] quarter-final, the way we played there apart from in the last 15 minutes of the first half we played so good in the first 30 but we were 3-0 down, and in the second half we were good, and it was an an incredible situations in that game too that sometimes influence the result but the performance was so good.
We tried, we are always positive and never give up, that’s why we won back-to-back in this league, and we want to fight until the end. But we dropped points for our fault, it is what it is but it’s important to grow as a club and a team.
I think it was an honour for both teams to show Premier League this kind of game. To see two English teams who want to attack, it is good advertising, and that’s why on behalf of myself and hopefully Jurgen will think the same, it was good for the Premier League.

On picking Angelinho over Mendy

Mendy was two years injured and played one game, he needs a little bit more time to recover and Angelinho is a young player with a lot of quality, and he played a really good game.

On reacting to the defeat

We have showed many times, we have three teams, they are in front, they have more chances to be champions than us, but we are going to try. In football you can’t always win. I am so proud to see my team play in this stadium against this team in that way.

On catching Liverpool

I don’t know. I am not a magician, I do not know the future. Now we have Chelsea at home, so we are going to try and beat them, and if we don’t the next one.

On if he confronted Mike Riley sarcastically

No way, I congratulated them. You can’t say anything here.

On being proud of his team

Congratulations to Liverpool, they scored three, we got one but I’m so proud of my team, few teams can come here and play the way that we did. We started incredibly well, we showed incredible bravery, they are the champions of Europe of and it is the most difficult stadium in the world. They had two shots and it was two goals.
It’s not easy after being two goals down to react the way we reacted. It was one of the best performances I have ever seen from my team. That’s what we needed and hopefully we can continue to make the steps we need.

Source-The Mirror

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