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Manchester City v Liverpool – UEFA Champions League – Quarter Final – Second Leg – Etihad Stadium

It lifted the Premier League champions above Tottenham into second, seven points behind leaders Liverpool ahead of their showdown on Thursday.

City are seven points behind their visitors with another 18 games to play before the end of the season - and the gap would increase to 10 if Liverpool were to win when the two go head-to-head at the Etihad, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7pm on January 3.

They remain in contention for four trophies this season, although successive league defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester have dampened the mood at the Etihad Stadium.

They led by a couple of points and good grip on retaining their title for the second consecutive season.

Guardiola said after the game it was effectively win or bust for his team's chances, arguing that if they dropped any more points, it'd be over. Gundogan hit the bar minutes after his goal, and Paul Pogba scored after the break to bring United within one. "Liverpool is not going to give us this amount of chances".

'It's not a big issue, but I can not say if he will be able to play on Thursday'.

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Mohamed Salah was first accused of diving in the box during his side's win over Newcastle on Boxing Day, with former Premier League referee Mark Halsey claiming that Salah should receive a two-game ban and Burnley boss Sean Dyche slamming the English FA for not banning him.

Guardiola said that even if City lost all three of their next matches, he would not waver from the high-pressing, fast-passing principles with which he has made his reputation as a coach. We try to discover what they do. This is Arsenal. They're flat-track bullies, they'll beat the lesser teams all day long. Manchester City also had only two shots on goal, one of which was Riyad Mahrez's missed penalty kick, and if you take the PK away they had an expected goals total of 0.33.

"We play the way that the game tells us to play", says Robertson.

"This will go the whole way, but we're in a good position just now". But we take it game by game.

"We won't see a boring, tactical affair but I am anxious a little bit for City at left-back", Keown wrote in his column for BBC. "We spoke about responsibilities and what we are as a team and they did it today, that was fantastic".

After going down late at Fulham in their last match of 2018, they can ill afford to start the New Year with another loss.

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