Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has this afternoon revealed what his immediate reaction to Liverpool notching a late winner against Spurs on Sunday entailed.
Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
Liverpool welcomed Mauricio Pochettino’s men to Anfield 2 days ago, for a crunch Premier League clash.
The two sides headed into proceedings with crucial season objectives in mind, with Jurgen Klopp’s hosts of course in the midst of a historic Premier League title race with Manchester City, and Tottenham battling it out with all of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea for a place in the English top-flight’s top-4.
And, when all was said and done on Merseyside, it was the home side who emerged victorious, to leapfrog Man City back to the summit of the Premier League table.
Roberto Firmino opened the game’s scoring with 15 minutes on the clock, getting on the end of Andy Robertson’s typically-superb delivery to nod Liverpool in front.
9 – Andy Robertson has nine assists for @LFC in the Premier League this season; Andy Hinchliffe (1994-95) and Leighton Baines (2010-11) are the only defenders to have had more in a single campaign (both 11). Delivery. #LIVTOT
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 31, 2019
Tottenham, though, grew into things as the clash wore on, before pulling level 20 minutes from time, through Lucas Moura.
But, just when it appeared as though the spoils were set to be shared on Merseyside, Mohamed Salah’s late back-post header was clumsily spilled by Hugo Lloris, leading to the unfortunate Toby Alderweireld bundling the ball into his own net, in the process handing all 3 points to Liverpool.
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As previously mentioned, Sunday’s late drama saw Liverpool reclaim their spot atop the Premier League table, with the Reds now 2 points clear of Man City (albeit having played a game more).
As such, speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s game in hand, set to take place tomorrow night versus Cardiff, Citizens boss Pep Guardiola was questioned on what his initial reaction to Alderweireld’s own goal looked like.
And the Spaniard was characteristically-open with his response, revealing he simply said:
Ha ha. Pep, asked what he thought when Liverpool scored so late in Sunday’s game: “Shit.”
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) April 2, 2019