Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Mahrez penalty miss costs City victory at Liverpool

Mahrez penalty miss costs City victory at Liverpool

The 21-year-old appeared annoyed with Guardiola's decision at the time, and has since admitted he was not happy he was not allowed to take the spot-kick.

That's the question BBC Sport are asking this morning with a stats-based feature on how the Blues have started even better than the Centurions campaign.

It has become something of an insult in the modern game to accuse a team of "parking the bus" when they emerge with their goal unbreached and intact. "It looks like they are in a good shape", said Klopp. So are City performing better without De Bruyne?

However, the Algerian's penalty was a shocker and as such, the game between Liverpool and the champions ended goalless, a result which will please both sides.

"Obviously, I'm not happy", he said, according to the Daily Mail.

With Aguero off the pitch the responsibility was handed to Mahrez - after Jesus was seemingly told to stand down - but with Alisson going the right away he blazed over, making it three failures in his last six.

Roberto Firmino, Mohamad Salah and Sadio Mane have now all failed to score in four consecutive matches. But sometimes it is simply a failure - or reluctance - to acknowledge the part of the game that is crucial for any team with aspirations of winning major honours.

"But we deserve this bit of luck with this performance".

Guardiola spoke before the game about his fear of Liverpool's front three, and that was reflected in his tactics, which were far more conservative than they were last season.

"This time, while retaining an attacking outlook, he had his players better drilled to plug the gaps which Jurgen Klopp's fast counter-attacks exploited so ruthlessly in the those 4-3 and 3-0 defeats".

"It was not an easy month playing against Champions League teams - it is tough week in, week out, and playing with a little injury is not easy".

Klopp said players need a proper break to be fresher, pointing to the case of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson who played for England at the World Cup in Russian Federation. Pep Guardiola's team will play Burnley after the worldwide break and will then make a trip to Ukraine to play Shakhtar Donetsk for their next Champions League match.

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