Manchester City’s hopes of reaching the Champions League semi-finals now hang by a thread following Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.
Pep Guardiola’s side, who will become Premier League champions with a win over Manchester United on Sunday night, were blasted away by Jurgen Klopp’s men during the opening 45 minutes.
Three goals in 19 devastating minutes from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane left City shell-shocked before the half-time break.
Fortunately for Guardiola and his players, Liverpool seemed to take their foot off the gas in the second half, much to Klopp’s frustration.
The German coach was disappointed that his players were unable to kill the tie off after the interval; however, one goal at the Etihad Stadium should be enough to guarantee the Reds a place in the semi-finals.
Guardiola surprisingly insisted that he was pleased with his team’s performance at Anfield, despite the 3-0 defeat.
The Catalan coach said his players were “so, so good” barring the “10-15 minutes in the first half” when Liverpool may well have put the tie to bed.
MAN UTD FANS ARE MAKING THE SAME POINT ABOUT MOURINHO
Guardiola will never change his approach to matches, but his attack-minded tactics undoubtedly contributed to City’s heavy defeat earlier this week.
And in the aftermath of the result, many Man Utd fans have taken to social media to remind people of the criticism that their manager, Jose Mourinho, was subjected to after coming away from Anfield with a 0-0 draw back in October.
Mourinho was criticised for going defensive against Liverpool. The press are looking rather foolish…
— taylor🌹 (@__taylorwalker) April 4, 2018
Liverpool have completely ruthless so far, City haven't been in it at all. It makes me wonder why Mourinho was criticised for his tactics when we played Liverpool at Anfield. There attack is unstoppable.
— ً (@UtdDevon) April 4, 2018
Mourinho was slaughtered by football fans and pundits alike for his negative approach; however, he did what he needed to do to ensure his side didn’t lose the match.
The Portuguese coach is still the master when it comes to stifling the opposition and by utilising defensive tactics at Anfield, he showed Liverpool the respect that they deserved. Many United fans were also unhappy that Mourinho didn’t go for the three points at Anfield earlier in the season, but it could have ended in disaster for the Red Devils had he done so.
Remember when Mourinho got criticised for playing cautiously and getting a 0-0 at Anfield against this Liverpool team. 🤔 #UCL
— Robert (@mynameisrobert) April 4, 2018
José Mourinho is a genius. Can’t believe people criticised him for getting a draw at Anfield.
— ㅤㅤㅤً (@UnitedConnor) April 4, 2018