Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted he cursed as Liverpool scored a late winner against Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was unable to hold onto Mohamed Salah’s tame header, fumbling the ball onto the unfortunate Toby Alderweireld for an own goal which sealed Liverpool’s return to the summit of the Premier League table.
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- Man City cruised to a 2-0 over Fulham on Saturday to return to the top of the Premier League.
- That, however, was short-lived as Liverpool beat Spurs 2-1 on Sunday thanks to a late Alderweireld own goal.
- That result saw the Reds leapfrog City back to the summit of the table.
- Guardiola has admitted to shouting ‘ah, s**t!’ as the winning goal went in.
- However, the Catalan was clearly jesting and is instead embracing the challenge Liverpool are posing.
The Citizens can restore their status as league leaders with victory over Cardiff City on Wednesdsay but that hasn’t stopped a light-hearted Guardiola rueing the fortune of Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“When you see them [score], you say, ‘Ah, s**t!’ but after five or 10 minutes [you think], ‘Nice’,” Guardiola joked at a press conference.
“It’s a terrible challenge but nobody said it would be easy. Nobody. I knew it, we know it. It’s a better challenge.
“It will be amazing what we are going to live against an amazing team, fighting against them.”
The own goal was the fifth time Liverpool have scored in injury time this season, more than any other Premier League side.
Fixture congestion no problem for Pep
Following their Etihad clash with Cardiff on Wednesday, City then take on Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday before a Champions League quarter-final first leg meeting with Spurs next week.
Given that they are chasing an unprecedented quadruple, Guardiola’s side were bound to run into a fixture pile-up at some point.
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However, rather than bemoaning their hectic schedule, the Catalan manager is embracing this ‘amazing’ opportunity.
“It’s amazing to live this opportunity and be there – to beat Cardiff as a main target to be back on the top of the league with six games to go,” he added.
“Then after [to] go to Wembley again, to achieve the one final I never played in my life – the oldest trophy ever. And after that the Champions League.
“We passed tough moments in the season to live tough moments and we are fortunate to live it.”