Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he felt his side had switched off after their opening goal in the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.
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"We played much better in the second half", he added. And we miss a little bit, forgot a little bit to do that. That was the reason they hit back. Of course they have to run, but I like when they have the personality to play.
City did not did not take their chances against Liverpool and they did not control the game, but Guardiola, given the reaction of his players following their Champions League elimination, was sufficiently pleased to put it down as one of the proudest days of his career. "They want the ball, but they are going to counter-attack. In some moments, we didn't do that".
But Guardiola insisted that it was ultimately his failing and that his responsibility was to teach his players to play his way. For the national team, maybe they have to focus more on the European competitions to handle those guys at important stages in the big competitions in Europe.
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Guardiola was frustrated that Manchester City did not get a late penalty after the ball touched Nacho Monreal's hand, and said that Monreal himself had admitted he had handled the ball.
Southgate called for English football to ditch its "island mentality" and spoke of the benefits players could garner from playing overseas - an argument Guardiola inadvertently aided by exiling Joe Hart for season on loan at Torino. They are good, good players.
Asked by Sky Sports if, when he spoke to fellow Spaniard Monreal on the field after the final whistle, Guardiola had told the full-back of his good fortune, the City boss wryly replied: "Yeah, he knows".
"What I said, I said to the referee, that's all".