Hodgson sends Manchester City warning ahead of Sunday’s crunch-match

Silvia Morton
April 16, 2019

Pep Guardiola's side are still on for the quadruple this season but they have a congested fixture list as the end of the season closes in.

The English champions move a point ahead of Liverpool, who host Chelsea at Anfield later on Sunday, with five games remaining for both sides.

After a similar sitter at Burnley last season, Guardiola quickly hooked Sterling in his frustration.

"The Burnley miss was worse than today", he told a news conference. "The pass from Kevin was outstanding, but the finishing from Sterling was incredible".

"We have to learn from golf and other sports like that - the most important action is the next one".

Despite Mourinho insisting to the Belgian he would get an opportunity in the first team, the midfielder found himself on the periphery, and has now revealed in his column for The Players Tribune that his meeting with the Portuguese boss confirmed his need for a fresh start. "The finishing from Sterling was incredible".

'It's a must-win for Liverpool. It was the same type of battle, between two teams, and what I say is that in those times you can actually trust your team to be better.

"You don't beat yourself up. That's the mentality, just keep going and the chance will come".

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They both joined Man City in 2015 but initial impressions weren't positive.

Guardiola also handed out praise for match-winner Sterling, hailing his resilience but also his efforts in all aspects of the game. In a twist of fate, City played Palace that day, too.

Soon after the half-hour, Sane forced a good save from Vicente Guaita when he fired an angled drive towards the near post.

The excitement we had on Sunday against Palace was we saw more of last season's De Bruyne than this years.

The same man then had the Eagles in deep bother in the second half when he doubled the Citizens' advantage, but the Londoners gave themselves hope when captain Luka Milivojevic halved the deficit with a free kick as time wound down.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has given his verdict on the Champions League clash and thinks the game could be an open one.

"There was so much in the press about my relationship with Jose Mourinho", the 27-year-old Belgium global wrote in The Players' Tribune. The players have since come back to haunt the Blues by joining their rival clubs after rejuvenating their careers elsewhere.

Instead, City broke to seal the three points on the counter-attack when the outstanding Kevin de Bruyne teed up Gabriel Jesus to make it 3-1.

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