17 Th4 2022 | 13:47
brotherGuardiola has defended the decision to rotate his team following a 2-3 loss to Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final on April 16.
“I believe in the players. City have a tight schedule and important games have to move often. That’s why I chose this team.” Guardiola talk about it later lost at Wembley“Liverpool’s first goal came from set-pieces and they were very strong and scored a lot of goals. The second goal was an accident. City conceded more late in the first half but were unbelievable. The pride. We scored goals tirelessly in the second half because the most important thing in football is to keep the rhythm Manchester City created clear chances and scored. It was not easy to do that against Liverpool, we fought Finally and showing pride.”
although Liverpool Using the strongest lineup, Guardiola has replaced as many as seven positions Atletico Madrid draw 0-0 In the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. Pillars like Ederson, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri or Riyad Mahrez are all out. This makes them inferior to Liverpool.
In the 9th minute, Andrew Robertson took a corner kick and headed the goal for midfielder Konat, opening the scoring for Liverpool. Less than ten minutes later, City conceded a second goal due to an error from substitute goalkeeper Zach Stephen. He handled it slowly in front of goal, allowing Sadio Mane to score a goal from less than five metres. At the end of halftime, Mane volleyed from the periphery to the near corner to complete the brace.
At the start of the second half, Gabriel Jesus beat Konat, passing the ball to Jack Grealish to cut the lead to 1-3. City then increased the pressure and scored more in Bernardo Silva’s injury-time. They had 3 chances in the remaining minutes but failed to drag the game into overtime.
Asked about Steph’s mistake, the Spanish coach said: “It was an accident, but we need Steph to try because that’s the Man City style. I’ve talked to the whole team, but that’s it. Ederson also Almost made a mistake.” In the last game against Liverpool. This may happen. We need this to create our football. Of course, if that happens, we need to reconsider. City needed goalkeepers to put their opponents in all sorts of different situations, but it was an accident. Sometimes the striker misses a great opportunity, other times the goalkeeper doesn’t. error”.
Farewell to the FA Cup, City will focus on their ambitions to defend their Premier League title and win the Champions League for the first time. They lead the Premier League with 74 points, one more than Liverpool. On April 20, Manchester City welcomed Brighton, who had just beaten Tottenham and Arsenal in the 30th round. In continental competition, Guardiola’s army will face Real Madrid in the first leg of the semi-final at the Etihad Stadium on April 26. , then travel to the Bernabeu for the second leg on May 4.
Hong Du (according to sky sports)