August 19, 2018

Lightning strikes twice for City, Mourinho speaks on Guardiola’s loss

Manchester City lost a Premier League game they were winning by a two-goal margin for the first time since October 2008 on Saturday (7/4/18).

This was after City’s Premier League title celebrations were put on hold as rivals Manchester United produced a remarkable comeback from two goals down to win 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

According to Reuters, a win for City would have clinched the title but instead their first home defeat in the league this season leaves Pep Guardiola’s side with a 13 point lead with six games remaining.

Goals from City’s captain Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan put the hosts in a commanding position, who were left to regret huge missed chances from former Livepool’s Raheem Sterling to extend their dominance.

Embattled Paul Pogba spoiled Guardiola’s anticipated title party by netting twice in two minutes to balance the score sheet.

Chris Smalling completed the comeback that looked so improbable when City were well on course to round off a resounding march towards the title by racing into a 2-0 first-half lead.

Lightning struck twice for Guardiola’s side as they conceded three in 19 minutes at Anfield in the Champions League four days ago and three in 16 minutes on Saturday.

What the managers said:

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho speaking to Sky Sports: “We moved the ball more than any team has against Manchester City. We pressed a bit higher and we kept the shape to get a good result.

“I think mathematically we need six points to stay in the top four and this win is part of that.

“Our challenge is to finish second but I want to congratulate City for the title – because they are going to win and deservedly. They gave no chance to the others because they had this season of not stopping winning.

“My objective here was to get points and not spoil any celebrations. The point is can we improve enough to catch them next season?”
Man Utd deserve a little more respect – Mourinho

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola speaking to BBC Sport: “To concede three goals against a very good team is tough.
“We were the team that conceded the least goals. United created four chances, which isn’t too much. How many chances did we create? Much, much, more. But you have to put the ball in the net.”

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