City’s defensive performance against Liverpool improved over the team’s previous match at Stamford Bridge, which ended in a chaotic 4-4 tie. In spite of this, the defensive weaknesses were brought back to the surface when they met RB Leipzig. They allowed two goals to be scored in the first half, but a comeback in the second half secured a 3-2 victory and advanced them to the knockout stages as the group winners.
Both goals were scored by Lois Openda, who took advantage of opportunities to score after catching long passes and beating Stefan Ortega twice. Openda scored with both of her goals.
It was yet another occasion in which City had difficulty defending against rapid counterattacks as they occurred. If the team wants to attain the same level of success as they did in the previous season, Guardiola is aware that this particular area needs to be improved.
An explanation was provided by Guardiola, who stated, “It is not our norm to concede four goals like we did against Chelsea, but that is the reality today.” The topic was discussed. Despite the fact that it is a part of football, we need to improve our performance. Especially when it came to players who were quick, the selections that were made against Liverpool were praiseworthy. Occasionally, our anxiety causes us to receive yellow cards that are not warranted.
The necessity for development in individual defensive duels was brought to the attention of Guardiola, who emphasized that this was an area in which City excelled in their prior successes.
“We need to be more robust and win duels,” the leader said. Guardiola continued by saying that there were individual errors and sloppiness from people. “Similar to the game against Chelsea, in which we performed well but then failed to win. However, during the attack, we were able to create opportunities, but we were unable to score. This experience may prove to be beneficial for our further development in the future.
Guardiola expressed his disappointment with his team’s first-half pushing and stated that he was surprised by the defensive attitude to the game that RB Leipzig showed. Julian Alvarez and Jeremy Doku were singled out for appreciation for their contributions off the bench, and he emphasized the great reaction that occurred during the second half.
According to what he said, “The response was favorable, and Julian and Jeremy had a significant impact.” We were able to execute our strategies more effectively thanks to the addition of Rico, a winger, which ultimately led to our victory.
In conclusion, Guardiola emphasized the importance of demonstrating their resilience in the later stages of the Champions League, namely their capacity to stage comebacks and maintain pressure on opponents for extended periods of time.