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Liverpool draw among 'happiest days' of Guardiola's career

20 March 2017, 07:29 | Charlene Valdez

GETTY Pep Guardiola has ensured Man City play attacking football all season

Pep Guardiola

The boss, a victor of 21 trophies with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, said: "This is one of the happiest days of my career as a manager". Pep (Guardiola) needs to keep all the players behind and practise shooting. "But you have to consider the situation we played this game, how we played against them, a top team", he said.

James Milner gave the visitors the lead from the spot before City levelled the score less than 20 minutes later.

And when Can found Firmino inside the box with a raking ball from deep, City full-back Gael Clichy panicked and tried to barge the Brazilian off the ball, leaving referee Michael Oliver with no choice but to point to the spot. It's not that I'm not satisfied; it's more that actually, I expect things like this from us.

United's latest victory made them the first club to record 600 Premier League wins and put them within four points of the top four in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

Aided by some weak defending, there were chances galore at Etihad Stadium and it came as a surprise that only two goals were scored.

At the end of the game players were on their knees, so exhausted were they from their exertions.

In the first-half, City midfielder Yaya Touré was rather fortunate only to pick up a booking after he slid in on Emre Can, catching the German in the chest.

City goalkeeper Willy Caballero had even started to dive in the opposite direction. We all know he wants to score and anyone can have those moments in a game. Kevin De Bruyne also hit the post.

Possibly the best opportunity fell to Aguero in injury time, but he volleyed over from close range.

Both sets of fans will likely shrug their shoulders at the draw; it would have been so easy for either team to walk away with all three points.

"When you approach one game after 10 games winning, it's nothing special". How the Reds regret slipping up so often against the league's lower-placed side.

But he said he took as much pleasure from the way City responded to the "sadness" of their midweek Champions League exit in Monaco.

Guardiola, victor of two Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles with Barcelona plus three Bundesliga titles with Bayern, said his side had deserved all three points.

But, despite chances aplenty in the closing stages of a thrilling clash, there was no victor for third placed City, who are now 12 points behind Chelsea and stay just one point ahead of fourth placed Liverpool.

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