Frustrated to have much of the play but not get the win?
“To be honest, I didn’t like very much the first 25 minutes because, like in the match against Crystal Palace, we started the match moving the ball very slowly. So it was impossible for us to be dangerous, and easy for the opponents to defend.
“Then I think we have played a very good match in the second part of the first half, and for 40 minutes in the second half. We were a bit unlucky. I am not happy of course, but I think we are (moving) in the right way.”
Why does that continue to happen, then?
“It’s a very good question and very difficult to answer. I don’t know. I don’t think the problem is a physical problem because, in the last two or three matches, the effort was the same.
“In the second half we played at another speed, at another intensity, so I don’t think it’s a physical problem. Maybe a mental problem. We have some difficulties approaching the match from a mental point of view, maybe. I don’t know. It’s very difficult to answer.”
“I think it was only a normal discussion on the pitch. At the end of the match there was absolutely nothing between me and Marco. It’s normal on the pitch to be nervous. It can happen, but nothing serious.
“I don’t know what to say about the way of playing of the opponents. There was a referee on the pitch. I think it’s his work, his job.”
Should Bernard have been sent off for the incident with Antonio Rudiger
“I don’t know. I want to think only of my team and our performance, otherwise it’s impossible to improve because every match there is a problem.
“Sometimes there is a lot of rain, sometimes there is the wind, sometimes it is very hot. So I want to think only of our performance. I want my team to be ready in the next match to improve the performance.”
Are you ruthless enough?
“I don’t know. Usually, yes. Not in the last three matches because, as I said to my players, in the last three matches we created few goal opportunities in relation to how much we played.
“So, in this moment, it’s maybe a little problem. But three matches is a very short time, so I don’t know. Maybe it’s chance. But we have to be careful, I think. In the last three matches, you are right.”
Proud of your unbeaten record and do you think you are in a strong position now?
“We played very well for 65 minutes. Maybe we’re not able to create for how much we play. For example, in the last match in the Europa League, we played 81 balls in the opponents’ box, but we created only four goal opportunities. We can do better.
“But I think we are playing very well. Not at the beginning of the match… but I’m really very proud about the record. I know very well I have to say thank you to the club, and thank you to my players. Finally, I have to say thank you to my staff. But, of course, I’d prefer three points today.”
Were these expensive points to drop?
“I don’t know. I think that, during a championship like the Premier League, this can happen to any team, a match like this. So I don’t know. I don’t think so, but in this moment the average of points of City, Liverpool is very high. I think about 100 points.
“So it’s very difficult to stay close to these teams. But I don’t know. I hope that a match like our match today will happen in the future to other teams.”