Guardiola makes excuses before the main match of the season

Guardiola makes excuses before the main match of the season

Ahead of Manchester City – Liverpool match, the Citizens’ head coach Pep Guardiola gave several interviews, in which he secured himself in case of a failure. The teams will meet on 3rd of January, the gap of the team from the blue part of Manchester to the first place is seven points.

Last round Manchester City defeated Southampton, but Guardiola’s problems remain the same. The Saints’ goal came from the left wing of City’s defense, where there hasn’t been a stable player for a month now. Pep lets out Delph and ZInchenko in turns there. The latter, by the way, played in the match against Southampton. Considering that at this position Salah plays at Liverpool, it will be difficult for the hosts at Etihad.

Knowing about problems in his team, Guardiola gave interviews, in which he clearly admired Liverpool and prepared fans for a possible fiasco,

“What can be said, when Liverpool has not conceded for nine matches and score a lot? We cannot compete with this team in terms of comparison.

Liverpool are the best team in Europe and the World at the moment. We know, that if we do not win, everything will be over. I think the race for the title will end.

We have to accept that. After that we would only have to play our matches and see what would come out of it.”

Considering the tournament standings, Jurgen Klopp doesn’t have to go all-in against Manchester City. The Reds’ defense conceded 8 goals in 20 matches, while direct competitors in the persons of City or Chelsea conceded twice as much. The Citizens at Etihad will press, giving Liverpool a chance to counter-attack. But bookmakers still consider the hosts to be the favorites. The odds on Manchester City victory are 2.00, while on Liverpool’s victory or a draw – 3.60. If Guardiola’s team doesn’t make the guests lose for the first time this season, the Reds championship will be a matter of time. This year they have a bench, variability in game and maximum mindset for a victory for the first time in almost 30 years.