Pep Guardiola has expressed confidence that Manchester City can overturn their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool in their Champions League first-leg, quarter-final clash at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Liverpool scored through Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane, all coming in the first half.
But Guardiola insisted during his post-match press conference his side dominated play and were unlucky not to score a goal.
“We showed up from the beginning, we started with enormous personality but they scored a goal,” the former Barcelona manager said.
“We continued to play but they scored two more goals. It is tough. They had 10-15 minutes in the first half when they were better.
“In the second half we tried everything but we couldn’t find a goal. The first two goals, we had control of the game but they scored. I don’t have too many regrets or complaints. Nobody believes but we have another game.
“They had two attacks and scored two goals. That was tough but for the rest of the game we were so, so good. We had to score a goal but they defended more.
“We have to accept it and now we have United at home and then Liverpool at home. We see what happens. Of course it is difficult but we believe.”
And on the damage caused to Manchester City’s bus with the windows smashed by Liverpool fans while the City players were inside before the game, Guardiola said: “Yesterday you explained, I am new here, that it is going to happen. Normally when the police know it is going to happen, they tried to avoid it from happening.
“So I did not expect that from the Liverpool side, their people. One year ago something happened in Dortmund so we come here to play football and I don’t understand this kind of situation. The bus is destroyed but I did not expect a prestigious club like Liverpool doing this kind of thing.
“It is not Liverpool, it is the people, but hopefully it does not happen again.”
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