Pep: Drawing With Liverpool Is One Of My Happiest Days

Pep Guardiola

It is one of happiest days of my career as a manager.

In a pulsating game at the Etihad Stadium, James Milner broke the deadlock in the 51st minute from the penalty spot before Sergio Aguero equalised with 69 minutes on the clock.

Further chances were wasted by both teams, Aguero missing the best with a close range volley he sent over the bar, with the whistle going to signal the end of a breathless 1-1 draw.

When the lineups for Manchester City and Liverpool were announced on Sunday, ahead of their Premier League clash, there should have been only one victor.

"It is one of the most special days of my life", Guardiola said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

"We were sad and that is why I am so, so happy, it's one of the days I am proud the most being coach and being coach of those guys".

The latest to be in Mourinho's firing line are the Premier League who, it seems, have been added to a Trumpian list of "enemies" because they fixed yesterday's United game for midday rather than tonight. We did all we could.

"Give me a few hours and then I'm happy".

"More than ever I want to help the club, if I am able and if they want to stay with me, to put in the next years to be there with the next step forward".

John Stones should have converted a free header as a substandard City tried to improve a dire head-to-head record against Liverpool that had seen them lose five of the previous six meetings between the sides. The information that both Txiki Begiristain, City's director of football, and Michael Edwards, will glean from this single fixture might not tell them anything that they did not already know but it should make it easier for the right decisions to be made simply because the shortcomings that both must address are so glaringly obvious.

The game ended level-pegging and despite City's superior quality, Liverpool deservedly snatched a point from the game.

City captain David Silva and makeshift right-back Fernandinho wasted good opportunities, although none was as good as the chance Adam Lallana missed 10 minutes from time after Roberto Firmino left him with only goalkeeper Willy Caballero to beat. We had three or four chances, open goals in the first half, in the six-yard box.

However, they can't count on facing Top 7 sides who are willing to come out and play after the Merseyside derby return against Everton at Anfield following the global break.

"We are one of these sides and that's good".

In nine games against those teams this season Liverpool are unbeaten and have taken an impressive 19 points which is why they will travel to third-placed Manchester City on Sunday brimming with confidence.

"That's well deserved, and all the rest fight with all they have for the Champions League and we are one of these sides".



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