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FA Cup: Why Liverpool beat us – Man City coach, Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has revealed why his team fell to Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Guardiola claimed that Manchester City were too passive in the first half of their match against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium.

Liverpool defeated Manchester City in the FA Cup thanks to Ibrahima Konate’s goal and Sadio Mane’s brace.

Guardiola’s team did score through Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva, but it was not enough.

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Speaking at his post-match press conference, Guardiola said: “I have a lot of confidence in my players and selections. I trust a lot of them. We had a terrible run of fixtures and travel and a lot of important games. That is why we needed fresh legs.

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“In the first half we were so passive, we were scared to support people when we went there, but in the second half we had the momentum, we had the most clear chances.”

Guardiola, however, was particularly supportive of Steffen, who lost control, allowing Mane to slide in and score after he dwelt too long on a backpass from Nathan Ake.

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The Spaniard added: “It is an accident, it happens. Edi (Ederson) was close (to making a similar mistake) in the last game as well. We need that to create our football. Mane was quicker and that is all.

“I am pretty sure Zack did not want to do it. Sometimes strikers miss chances in front of keepers, but keepers are punished more.”

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