Guardiola frustrated by City's defensive struggles after Manchester derby defeat

  • Guardiola frustrated by City's defensive struggles after Manchester derby defeat

Guardiola frustrated by City's defensive struggles after Manchester derby defeat

"In November, December everybody said the Premier League is done". The countdown to the coronation stood at 45 minutes.

Manchester City gaffer, Pep Guardiola, has reportedly landed a whooping £20m-a-year new deal at the Etihad outfit. "We have just a few days between each game".

City lost at home in the top flight for the first time this season when they were defeated 2-3 in the Manchester derby, a game they should have had wrapped up in the first half. Football is boxes. So when you miss the three chances we had in front of De Gea, so at the end the game is over. Guardiola later admitted it was one of his biggest mistakes and a big regret on his part.

And at the heart of all of Manchester United's struggles was £89m man Paul Pogba.

So it was in keeping with an nearly surreal turnaround in the game, the atmosphere inside the Etihad and mood among the respective sets of supporters that Pogba turned match-winner.

By the time Gundogan traipsed off after 57 minutes — the game having virtually passed him by — to be replaced by Sterling, City was losing 3-0 and its players were struggling to clear their minds after Liverpool's devastating first-half display. And United's third from Chris Smalling was greeted with disbelief, probably even from the visiting fans.

"Because what we have done in this season, in the first half and moments in the second half, I am happy (with)".

"We have 90 minutes all of us (in the competition), Sevilla, Juventus and us".

The title will be won but there were wider factors at play.

United manager Jose Mourinho is still looking for a first league win over City since taking over at Old Trafford in 2016.

It was symbolic of a day that was brilliantly chaotic and defied all logic. Eric Bailly also comes in at the heart of defence after missing the 2-0 win over Swansea City last week, with Victor Lindelof and Juan Mata both on the bench.

Liverpool blew City away in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with a blistering display of attacking football.

Yet if part of Anfield's magic on European nights is linked to history, then City have a chance to start creating their own - if they can produce the unexpected comeback required to advance.