Playing with an extra man for more than 50 minutes, Manchester City showed no mercy to Liverpool, finishing the game at the Etihad Stadium with a resounding 5-0 triumph.
Sadio Mane was sent off in the 37th minute for a very dangerous foul on City’s goalkeeper Ederson, even though it was rather obvious that the Liverpool winger had no intention to hit his opponent.
City were already 1-0 up, but what locked the game for them according to Pep Guardiola, was their second goal.
It is sometimes not easy to play against 10, but we did it well. The second goal helped us a lot. The second half they changed system and we wasted some minutes to adjust our high pressing. We spoke at half time: ‘Don’t let them run because in that situation they are better
the Manchester City manager told reporters after the match, informing them, at the same time, that Ederson’s situation wasn’t that bad as initially feared.
We had to find the right moment with Sergio [Aguero], Kevin [De Bruyne], David [Silva]. We had the patience to do that. We read the situation quite well
Guardiola also said about the game. As for Mane’s red card, the Catalan manager didn’t hesitate to admit that he is sure the Liverpool player had no intention to hit Ederson, but still, raising his foot that high up constituted dangerous play, and even inadvertently, he did injure Ederson, who had to get substituted.