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2019 Community Shield

Manchester City won the first title awarded in England over Liverpool on the penalty shootouts. Tied at 1-1 at the end of regular time, the Citizens went perfect in the shootouts to win 5-4, Wijnaldum being the only player to miss. 

Man City coach, Guardiola, hailed the performance of his veteran goalkeeper who saved the penalty giving the titles to the Citizens:

“I was really impressed. He is not a young guy. His build up, he was calm and he won the game for us today. Everyone made an incredible contribution but he won the game.

He is an incredible second keeper. He saved the game many times today and of course, he had to save the penalty.

Liverpool are the Champions of Europe that’s why I give a lot of credit for our victory today.

They are a top-class team. The difference was one penalty. It’s good to face them to see how well prepared we have to be to try and win the titles.”

Liverpool know they were close to win the game and played a good performance despite the loss. 

Liverpool coach, Klopp, on the game:

I’m completely happy about the full performance. I said before the game, if you want to be prepared for Man City you have to make a pre-season game against Man City; no team plays like them. You saw that in a few moments in the first half, when they can do what they do. We struggled a little bit positioning-wise but that’s normal. The biggest threat was pretty much the long balls from Bravo in behind, where our last line was not a line.

The first two balls, I think. The third ball was dangerous as well with Sane then on the other side. That makes it difficult but that’s how they stretched our formation and then when you expect these balls, they play it in between, in the half-spaces, that’s pretty tricky. We could have had a bit better positioning, we changed that for the second half, which helped us a lot.