Even though both teams still have seven games to play for the title, Sunday’s 2-2 draw at the Etihad was hailed as a potential title decider.
Manchester’s eager crowd was treated to an offensive feast, but the result was the same as always. The current champions, City, are only one point clear of their pursuers, who were 14 points back in January.
Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus scored for City, but Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane responded with equalisers both times. The first half belonged to Guardiola’s players, who put significant pressure on Liverpool’s defence. However, the visitors came out of halftime refreshed.
The City manager felt his team let Liverpool off the hook when they were ahead, and they had a golden opportunity to win the game in stoppage time, but Riyad Mahrez’s drive went high.
“Both teams played a terrific game, and both teams aim to win every game they play in “As he put it. With this outcome, I couldn’t help but feel like we left them hanging.”
The draw favours City more than Liverpool, but Guardiola has said his team must win its final seven games to win the Premier League.
Now that we’re behind by one game, we know we can’t win the title “… he made the following statement.
Liverpool still has to play Manchester United, Everton, and Tottenham, while City, seeking a fourth Premier League title in five years, appears to have the easier run-in.
Aside from City, Klopp’s squad has proven they are league-best in recent weeks, winning 10 consecutive games prior to Sunday’s showdown.
Nothing has actually changed, “stated Liverpool’s manager. If you can maintain your intelligence after 95 minutes of brutal football, that’s great news.”
According to the German, the two squads are like heavyweight fighters.
Any time you let your guard down, you risk getting a smack right in the nose, forcing you to get back up and try to regain control all over again.”
With Guardiola’s opinion that a flawless performance was required to tie the record of 20 English Premier League titles, Klopp agreed that nothing less than perfection would suffice. To win every game, we need to be as close to perfect as possible “What he had to say was. This is completely ridiculous, yet it’s the only way to beat this squad.”
In recent years, City and Liverpool have engaged in heated rivalries, culminating in last year’s title game, which City won by a single point. On Saturday in the FA Cup semi-final, the two sides will meet again, so fans won’t have to wait long for the next episode.
With the unprecedented quadruple up for grabs for Liverpool and the Treble for City on the line, this time a tie is out of the question.
The Champions League final is still a possibility for the two powerhouses to meet this season, even after Wembley.
Many would see a meeting between these two teams as just reaffirming what we already know: that these are the finest two teams in England and arguably all of Europe.