Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Pep Guardiola: 'Left-back a problem for Manchester City'

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Kristopher Love | 21 January, 2018, 04:53

If I was looking at Manchester City's performance against Liverpool in those 20 minutes, and then looking at City's chances in the Champions League, I'd be a very anxious man. "No problem at all".

"Tottenham could go far, but they're two injuries away from being pretty average, let's be honest".

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Guardiola himself has repeatedly urged caution, declaring just before the Liverpool match that City could still lose the title. "This is something you train for on an everyday basis and this is what I have improved the most since last season".

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"My only aim is to help the team and give all I can for this club". But they've never won at the Etihad in the league - conceding 19 times and scoring just once in their past four league visits. A humbling 4-0 defeat against Tottenham last Saturday at Wembley extended their winless Premier League run to five games, the last three of which have been defeats.

'Whether players adapt depends on their quality and if they're nice people, ' the City manager said. In game week 24, Tottenham will travel to St. Mary's to face a relegation threatened Southampton while Liverpool will be aiming to build up on their win against Manchester City with another emphatic victory against struggling Swansea City. Guardiola's ability to get the best out of every player has been key to the success of this season, and the fact that Fabian Delph has been hugely impressive at left back is testament to that philosophy. The Catalan coach didn't appear to be too disappointed after Liverpool had handed his team a 4-3 defeat at Anfield, and why would he - Man City still hold a 12-point advantage at the top of the Premier League. That's all down to the goalkeeper Loris Karius, he should have done much better with Leroy Sane's shot.

Raheem Sterling produced the goods with some late goals during City's fantastic run, but just ask Liverpool fans what happened to him after the loss of Luis Suarez and injuries to Daniel Sturridge.