Manchester City v Liverpool

Miranda GreerMar 19, 2017

Guardiola had a tough midweek - where he saw his side knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Monaco - despite a 5-3 first leg lead.

All three goals City conceded raised questions about their defence, particularly the victor, when Tiemoue Bakayoko was allowed to rise unchallenged to head home Thomas Lemar's free-kick 13 minutes from time.

"I met the big boss Sheikh Mansour [the City owner] in Abu Dhabi and I know the plan, it's a team that took the next step seven years ago and we are thinking about getting better", Guardiola said.

Meanwhile, winning the Premier League title this season will be a Kilimanjaro for City to climb, but Guardiola and his wards can set their eyes on the FA Cup as they are now in the semi-finals where they will face Arsenal. In other countries it is hard, here a win is everything, in other countries if you played with other styles you would have an empty stadium.

But our next EPL game after West Brom is Man City at home and we also have them in the FA cup, so we don't really want them feeling confident and playing well do we? The other teams in the quarter-final draw are holders Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City. We had already scored three in Manchester. "We changed the system and I think it worked quite well, we managed to create more chances, but unfortunately we didn't score (enough)".

"I hope Atletico will continue like this, keep growing like in the last few years and I am sure we can achieve great things". "I am really impressed, I appreciate that a lot".

Liverpool finished in eighth place in the Premier League table last season under Klopp.

"It will be good to see how everybody reacts, myself and the players, after going out of the Champions League". Actually, I can't remember a not-important game in the Premier League, to be honest.

"The easy angle is to say there'll be goals because of both teams' defensive frailties, but it's time now for both of them to learn".

Not for the first time this season, Manchester City have been let down by their poor defence.

Bakayoko, however, headed home on a memorable European night for the principality club, who underlined their growing status as one of the continent's most exciting sides. Guardiola chose to go with just one central-midfielder in the form of Fernandinho and his decision quickly backfired as the Monaco midfield dominated the centre of the park in the first half.

"It's impossible. We will try and improve the team but it's impossible (to do that much) with the way the transfer market is".

I would say the consolation with this squad and Pep Guardiola at Barcelona was the ideal role model for a win-win situation.

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