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‘We’ll learn from first-half display’ says Guardiola

‘We’ll learn from first-half display’ says Guardiola
Pep Guardiola says City will learn from the poor first half against Liverpool more than the positive second-half performance.

City were 3-0 down at the break against Jurgen Klopp’s side but pulled two goals back after the restart and had chances to score more before eventually running out of time.

However, the City boss believes that pinpointing what went wrong in the first 45 minutes will benefit his players in the long run.

“Yeah of course there’s positive things. Especially in the first half like we could do better,” said Pep.

“I want to learn from that and more from the first half than the second. We will learn more from the first half in the future.

“For six months we are there, our team is good, our 11 players are good, we lost because our opponents were good, but we made a good comeback and gave everything, that’s all you have to do.

“In the first half we couldn’t do it for many reasons, the emotion of the game, the first action they arrive they score a goal and after the second goal, it’s not easy to face Liverpool in these situations.

“At the end we defend the throw-in really poorly, they make a switch of play and score the third one.


“In the second half we did everything, in the end anything could happen in football, the second half was 3-0 and we react, we have to take the positive things from that.”

Asked whether Liverpool had gained a psychological advantage by a first win in three meetings between the clubs this season, Guardiola says that would only be known if the teams meet again in the Champions League final.

“Well there is one chance (to find out), because we could play at the end of the season if both teams reach the final of the Champions League then we will see what happens,” said the boss.

“Now our psychology is seven games in the Premier League, we know exactly what we have to do to try to win the Premier League.

“Now we need to rest and recover the injuries and go game by game. We don’t have time, Wednesday we have another match, then we have Watford, then we have Real Madrid and another one.

“We knew today if we win we continue to the final, if not, we lose the competition.”