Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Jesus unhappy with Guardiola’s penalty call

Jesus unhappy with Guardiola’s penalty call

Pep Guardiola said his gameplan was to control possession and avoid losing the ball in areas where Liverpool could counterattack through Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané.

Manchester City were awarded the penalty after a poorly timed tackle from Reds defender Virgil van Dijk on City winger Leroy Sane.

But manager Klopp lamented a gruelling fixture list that has seen his side face Chelsea twice, Napoli away in the Champions League and City in 12 days.

Nevertheless, the second half started with more objective by both the teams and they got many chances to win the game. Guardiola deployed the pace and height of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte at centre-back: last season, the less mobile and imposing Nicolas Otamendi played in both away games and was swamped by Liverpool's front three.

Liverpool full-back Andrew Robertson dismissed suggestions the Premier League title race was already down to two teams.

"At the end we need to be happy - I need to be happy - that we didn't lose it because of the penalty".

"We played City now very often and they are just outstanding".

However, Riyad Mahrez failed to capitalize on it and blasted the penalty kick way above Alisson's goal.

Yes, Chelsea are still unbeaten and Sarri has made an impressive start, but they are still a work in progress compared to City and Liverpool, who remain the teams to beat.

Jesus has scored just two goals in 10 matches for the Citizens so far this season.

The result means City go top, ahead of both Chelsea and Liverpool on goal difference, with all three teams tied on 20 points.

Despite the penalty miss, Guardiola declared himself happy with the point.

"Obviously I'm not that happy", he told reporters. And we hope that they come back healthy and play these easy competitions, the Premier League, the Champions League and all this. But in fairness to the beleaguered Manchester United manager, he would have approved of the defensive performances of Liverpool and Manchester City during Sunday's 0-0 draw at Anfield.

"This time, while retaining an attacking outlook, he had his players better drilled to plug the gaps which Jurgen Klopp's fast counter-attacks exploited so ruthlessly in the those 4-3 and 3-0 defeats".

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