It will be arguably the biggest game in one of Europe’s top five leagues at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday when Manchester City and Liverpool face off in a top-flight contest that could have major implications for where the League trophy goes. Premier League lands. May.
Having taken the lead in their respective Champions League quarter-finals in midweek, English football’s top teams have ruled the Premier League since 2017 and are ready to push each other all the way this season.
City, who maintain a narrow lead over the Reds ahead of the clash, will face the second leg of their Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano next week, where a draw would be enough to see the Blues qualify for the last square of the competition.
Ahead of what is arguably the most crucial time of the season for his side, a new report has given insight into the level of preparation that has been made behind the scenes by Pep Guardiola for the campaign run-in.
According to the latest from Pol Ballus and Paul Hirst of The Times, the Catalan spent some time analyzing clips of recent meetings between Liverpool and Southampton as his wife slept at his Manchester-based residence a few weeks ago.
The current league leaders beat Southampton in the FA Cup quarter-final in their last game before the recent international break, with goals from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez helping the Blues to a victory 4-1 at Sainte-Marie.
It has been revealed that as Guardiola prepared to face Saints, the 51-year-old was also looking to take inspiration from the way Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men conducted their press against Liverpool in the last games between the two teams before Sunday’s heavyweight showdown. .
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Guardiola, who is said to be a big fan of Southampton’s energetic style of play, has led City to three Premier League titles in the past four years and could well be on course to lead the season’s Champions League runners-up last until Europe once and for all. this term.
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