Mahrez miss leaves City, Liverpool and Chelsea all level at top

Silvia Morton
October 8, 2018

In the end, however, the teams finished just as they started, playing to a 0-0 draw to split the points.

Guardiola's Man City created a few chances, and Sane won a penalty for Man City v Liverpool after Van Dijk fouled Leroy.

Mahrez avoided confirming whether he was City's designated spot-kick taker after Sergio Aguero was substituted by Guardiola and insisted the miss won't affect his confidence.

As for what it means for the standings, there is now a three-way tie for first with teams having records of 6-2-0.

Last season, Salah scored from 35, six and nine yards in three consecutive matches against City to emerge as Liverpool's talisman and their rivals' nemesis.

"We didn't concede one shot on target so that is quite special".

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"For both teams it was really intense, and both showed respect for the other team".

Mahrez has now missed five of his past eight Premier League penalties - one for City and four for his previous club Leicester City - and seems highly unlikely to be given another chance after blasting the ball over the bar in the 86th minute. Don't lose the ball in the wrong moment, otherwise you have a big problem.

So far this season they have played 24 games in all competitions and scored nine. The logic was similar to that which lay behind the use of Ilkay Gundogan in a right-sided role in the Champions League quarter-final first leg last season, but this time it achieved the desired result, protecting the full-backs and giving City an element of control. "Riyad feels deflated, he feels he has let us down", he said.

"It was seven massive games and I'm really happy with what the boys made out of it, now we have to hope they come back [from the upcoming global break] healthy and then we go to Huddersfield". "It was a tough game against the champions and I'm happy we kept the clean sheet", he added. "That's why we controlled it so good today".

"We had a chance at 0-0 for Danny Ings, if that goes in we get a different frame of mind", he said.

It is perhaps understandable they would struggle to deliver the stellar figures they produced last season and there is still plenty of time for them to punish opponents again, but against City they were nowhere near their best.

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