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'That back four and keeper were never going to cope': Gary Neville criticises Guardiola's tactics

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‘It didn’t feel very Pep-like today… but that back four and keeper were never going to be able to cope’: Gary Neville criticises Guardiola’s tactics after Manchester City were beaten by LiverpoolLeaders Liverpool had too much for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City at AnfieldGuardiola is yet to win at Anfield in his career, and City as a club since 2003 Gary Neville was expecting a tactical shake-up to counter Liverpool's threatBut Guardiola stuck with his usual formation, and it failed to reap the rewards  

Gary Neville was critical of Pep Guardiola's tactics as Manchester City fell to a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday. 

Two early Liverpool goals meant City were playing catch-up from the off, and Sadio Mane's third meant Bernard Silva's late goal was in vain as the champions slipped nine points behind their title rivals.  

Manchester City manager Guardiola, who has won the Premier League in the past two seasons, opted not to shift from his usual system of play, a point Neville focused on post-match.

Pep Guardiola was unable to guide Manchester City to a first win at Anfield in 16 years 

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville expected something different from Pep

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: 'I just had the feeling that Pep would have been thinking about this game for the last two, three weeks. 'I just felt Guardiola would have something different for us today.

'I got what was normal, what I expected. Probably what the newspapers and us picked this morning.'

Guardiola went with his usual defensive back four, picking Kyle Walker and Angelino out wide, alongside John Stones and Fernandinho as the central pair. 

With number two goalkeeper Claudio Bravo in between the sticks, City were breached twice in the opening 12 minutes as Liverpool essentially scored from their first two meaningful attacks. 

Sadio Mane added a third just after half-time, and that was enough to condemn City to their third league defeat of the season.  

Guardiola was an agitated figure throughout the match, given Liverpool's early advantage 

Pep was furious with referee Michael Oliver, and made his feelings known after the game 

'City played well from a football point of view, but that back four and keeper were never going to be able to cope,' Neville continued. 

'You have to have the confidence and authority to come and play here. I wonder whether three at the back would have worked better. 

'That’s what I’ve come to expect from Pep, innovative and creative. It didn’t feel very Pep-like today.'


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