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Pep Guardiola

The Etihad campus, as many City fans would know, encompasses a lot of real estate and consists of several training pitches, as well as a separate academy stadium.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp saluted his team's less celebrated fighting qualities after they scuppered a Manchester City comeback to reach their first Champions League semi-final for a decade.

"I thought many times about that", Guardiola said when asked how his side could banish the memories of the defeat. "We know him. But please, Liverpool deserved to go through".

"I can not say anything about the game, I didn't expect it before the game but I knew it was possible".

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shot over on a rare Liverpool attack before the visitors survived another scare just before the interval as Sane had a goal chalked off.

Sadio Mane powered his way into the and when he fell under the challenge of Ederson, Salah kept his cool to clip into an empty net.

It was Liverpool whose approach turned out to be flawless in the circumstances as they followed up their staunch first-half defending to deliver the decisive blows, scoring through Salah in the 56th minute and Firmino 13 minutes from fulltime to clinch their third win against City this season. Roberto Firmino made sure of it by curling in the team's second goal in the 77th.

It was a total turnaround of the first leg as City were the dominant team on this occasion as Liverpool were forced to sit back fending off all the attacking threat.

"I knew it would be hard but we still did it, which is fantastic!"

The Spanish giants lost 3-0 in Italy on Tuesday night, with Salah's former side Roma progressing on away goals following a 4-4 aggregate draw.

After goals by Edin Dzeko and Daniele De Rossi, center back Kostas Manolas scored the decisive goal with a header from a corner in the 82nd minute at the Stadio Olimpico.

After with Liverpool missing a few of their first-team regulars for this one - including defenders Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, as well as Adam Lallana, Emre Can and star man Mohamed Salah - we genuinely fancied their chances.

Nevertheless, the score remained 1-0 to the hosts at the half-time break, but Liverpool still 3-1 up on aggregate.

Guardiola ran onto the field at half-time to pull his protesting players away from the official before embarking on his own rant at Mateu Lahoz that saw him watch the second half from the stands. "It would have been different to go in 2-0", Guardiola moaned.

While they have also played some brilliant football in all those matches, there is no doubt this week has taken some of the shine off a wonderful season which, sooner or later, will result in the English league title.

Guardiola talked afterwards about fine details and one-off results but he is too involved not to see there is a pattern here too.

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