Pep Guardiola has apologised to Steven Gerrard after making reference to the infamous mistake made by the former captain of Liverpool on Friday while vehemently defending Manchester City against claims of financial impropriety
The City manager posed the hypothetical question of whether City should also bear responsibility for Gerrard’s misfortune in 2014, which resulted in a Chelsea goal and victory that gave the Manchester team the lead in a close title race.
In response to Guardiola’s call to arms, City supporters sang about the incident as they created a rowdy environment at the Etihad Stadium for the 3-1 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.
I apologise to Steven Gerrard for my unneeded and dumb statements I made about him the last time, Guardiola said ahead of Wednesday’s top-of-the-table Premier League match with Arsenal.
Erling Haaland’s ability to go with City to the Emirates Stadium is still uncertain. The top scorer in the Premier League was taken off versus Villa at halftime after suffering a knock. Prior to the top-of-the-table match at the Emirates Stadium, the Norwegian, who has scored 25 goals in the tournament this season, participated in a rehabilitation session on Monday. However, he still requires more evaluation.
Guardiola was asked if Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, has an advantage over other teams in the title battle because of his time spent with Man City. He responded, ‘The period was primarily Liverpool, we can’t claim Liverpool didn’t have the experience under pressure.’
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