Guardiola tenders apology to Gabriel Jesus after draw against Liverpool

Guardiola tenders apology to Gabriel Jesus after draw against Liverpool

- Pep Guardiola has apologized to Gabriel Jesus for allowing Mahrez to play the penalty against Liverpool

- The Brazil international wanted to play the spot-kick but Guardiola ordered Mahrez to take it and the kick was missed by the Algerian

- Manchester City are topping the Premier League standings with 20 points after eight games

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has tendered an apology to Brazilian star Gabriel Jesus after allowing Riyad Mahrez to take crucial penalty against Liverpool on Sunday.

The Algeria international missed the penalty which would have given the Premier League champions the maximum three points against Liverpool.

Before Mahrez took the spot-kick, he debated with Gabriel Jesus and Pep Guardiola signaled that the former Leicester City striker should take it.

But he blasted over an 86th-minute spot kick after Virgil van Dijk fouled Leroy Sane inside the box as the match ended in a draw.

"Yes of course. It was my decision.

"During the training sessions every day I see Mahrez taking the penalties and it gave me a lot of confidence.

"Gabriel Jesus wanted to take it. I apologized. It will be good experience for Mahrez. Next time it will go in,'' the ex Barcelona coach explained according to UK Sun.

Despite the draw against Liverpool, Manchester City are still topping the Premier League standings with 20 points, but they are tied on the same point with Chelsea and Liverpool.

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Earlier, had reported how Liverpool were forced to a draw by reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in their match at Anfield on Sunday, October 7.

Both sides continued their unbeaten run in the EPL so far this season as the Citizens maintain the top spot while the Reds are third on the table behind Chelsea, but all on the same point.

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