Jesus not happy Guardiola picked Mahrez to take penalty

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However, Guardiola admitted his plan for a slower tempo to stop Liverpool springing onto the counter-attack had worked. "He's deflated, I think he feels like he's let us down".

He said: "They're solid enough, Liverpool are solid enough, especially with (Virgil) Van Dijk going in there".

The champions are one point better off and are creating 20% more chances. They are built for that, Jurgen (Klopp) is built for that.

"They are incredibly quick and we controlled them".

When is "parking the bus" actually a disciplined, well-executed plan to nullify an opposing team's biggest strength in the pursuit of a positive result?

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Nevertheless, the second half started with more objective by both the teams and they got many chances to win the game.

"We aim to improve every game, even if it is against Chelsea, for example, and we want to win every game". I thought how we defended was brilliant. We don't need to be lip readers to know what they were talking about.

"I've been playing a little bit more and that's important, because it's important to adapt on the pitch by playing matches".

If Liverpool and City draw it could benefit Chelsea if they manage to defeat Southampton in Sunday's earlier game held on the south coast.

"I think to keep a clean sheet after a penalty in the last five minutes makes me a very happy man. But with this fixture list, I would definitely buy it". Of the three, Mane has looked the most likely, while Firmino continues to show why he's so vital with his ability to drop deep for the ball and harry defenders when Liverpool don't have possession.

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John Stones revealed after the match that Mahrez was upset by the miss.

City's first penalty claim was waved away when Dejan Lovren appeared to trip Aguero inside the area, but the visitors quickly neutralised Liverpool's threat by keeping possession for long periods.

Sane, who had replaced Sterling, did make the difference when his run down the left tempted the usually unflappable Van Dijk to make a tackle he probably did not have to and City finally had their penalty.

Guardiola did not blame Mahrez for missing the penalty - which was blazed high above the bar - but did apologise to Gabriel Jesus for not allowing him to take it.

A 0-0 draw, but Mahrez was not spared for costing his side three points.

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