Guardiola Apologises For Taking Penalty From Jesus

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Pep Guardiola has apologised for his decision to deny Gabriel Jesus a penalty shot, and hand the duties to Riyad Mahrez.

Manchester City had a shot to go ahead and win the crunch tie against Liverpool to go clear at the top.

Jesus stepped up to take the penalty, which was won by Leroy Sane, only for Guardiola to favour Mahrez.

Guardiola has apologised for making that decision, telling reporters after a 0-0 draw: “During the training sessions every day I see Mahrez taking the penalties and it gave me a lot of confidence. It will be good experience for him, next time it will go in.

“Jesus wanted to [take it]. I apologise. It was my decision.”

Guardiola added: “Normally for the last six, seven months the penalties were always Sergio’s but he was on the bench. He was on the pitch when the first penalty was not given.

“Maybe we need two penalties to score one goal. I would not like to speak about the referees, about the decisions. We should talk about the game, the football.”



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