Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Milner reveals half-time tweak that helped beat City

Milner reveals half-time tweak that helped beat City

City's coach suffered extensive damage as it made its way to Anfield for the first leg, with two police officer sustaining injuries as objects where thrown.

Gabriel Jesus' goal raised belief inside Etihad Stadium that City could do what only two teams had done before tonight and overturn at least a three-goal first-leg deficit in the Champions League knockout stage.

Guardiola's second charge related to making communications with the City bench after he was sent to the stands.

Manchester City has been dominant this season.

"People talked from the beginning about Manchester City being favourites and they were favourites, but I think after this there should be more respect for Liverpool".

They got one of those new pieces in with the arrival of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton. City seized on the Dutchman's loose pass and Fernandinho quickly played in Sterling, whose square ball was neatly tucked away by Jesus.

On the other side, Guardiola had deployed Mohamed Salah's rival for player of the year, Kevin De Bruyne, alongside Fernandinho in order to ensure that the game is kept within control from deep midfield.

City can boast the joint best defensive record in the Premier League along with neighbours United, but at key moments in the big games they seem to crack under pressure and are prone to mistakes.

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Considering the feelings Liverpool fans have for Sterling, we reckon this will go down well with them. "We have to play our game". He added: "We need to stay calm". "We need to be ready for a fight, ready for a good game - and we will be".

City threatened again with De Bruyne shooting at Loris Karius and Bernardo Silva curling a shot wide before having another deflected onto the post.

In fact, their best moment came just before half-time when Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, hardly noticeable in the game up to that point, drove at the City defence and nearly got in. The German tapped the ball into the net but the flag was raised, incorrectly, for offside.

Protests continued after the half-time whistle with Guardiola entering the field and exchanging words with Lahoz. But Mateu Lahoz is a special guy, he likes to be different, he likes to be special.

The former Manchester City player, viewed by many as simply a squad player at the start of the season, not only delivered with his work rate and tackling but clearly added some calmness and authority to the midfield.

He then shakes hands with the boy's dad as the huge crowd cheers him on.

Liverpool is the top scorer in the Champions League and its quality on the counterattack left City prone to a sucker-punch and Salah applied it.

Any lingering questions over who would advance to the last four were ended 13 minutes from the end when Firmino robbed a sloppy Nicolas Otamendi and slotted past Ederson.

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