Excitement, friendship and quality From the first minute to the last, the 2-2 draw between leaders Manchester City and second-placed Liverpool on Sunday shows why the English Premier League is considered the strongest football match in the world.
As a result, the fight for the title remains open, with some betting that coach Pep Cardiola’s team will be one point ahead of his teammate Jurgen Klopp’s team, with seven games remaining until the last breath.
But even without the extra excitement of the summit clash, 90 minutes into the match at Etihad Stadium had all the entertainment elements for the spectators.
Fans from all over the world are drawn to the Premier League by numerous international stars, players or coaches outside of coaches, and this tournament has always combined the best elements.
City star Kevin de Bruyne, the world’s most prolific midfielder, showed his strength and decisive touch to highlight his side in the fifth minute. Points.
Among the local players, City’s Phil Foden showed his prowess in ball control and dribbling, while Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a goal for Diego Jotta 1-1 in the 13th minute to equalize with Gabriel Jesus. Put the hosts back in front.
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Tactically, the match saw a clash between Guardiola’s short passes and live play and Klopp’s pressing style.
But the match did not go completely in this situation because City started the meeting with too much pressure and too much energy, which made his opponent famous, and Liverpool started fierce attacks that were hard to deal with.
Nevertheless, the visiting team carried out its duties and did not exaggerate security or satisfy the pursuers’ role, but always looked for gaps between the city lines.
These roles are not typical for the two teams that have dominated the league for the past four seasons.
The hard work, fighting spirit and perseverance of both teams are traditional characteristics of English football that will easily disappear in the era of European players and coaches.
This conflict has long been a combination of the characteristics of English football: tough, speed and offensive play, the ideas of foreign coaches and the skills of international elite players, which has inspired fans around the world to love English Premier. League.
No team wanted balance, and the result was a shocking scene that prompted even the most conservative pundits to sing his praises.
Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane says: “What amazes me is that all players at the top level want to fight to the end for victory.
“Neither team dominated for long, the match was equal on both sides. Liverpool showed their character in the second half, but City had dangerous chances, and this is a big warning to all of us about what the game means.”
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Al-Etihad Stadium may not be famous for its exciting atmosphere, but fans of both teams played the necessary role knowing that it was burning for most of the match and that the result could be reversed at any moment.
Cardiola, who was just as enthusiastic as his off-line teammate, enjoyed the situation.
“I think it’s a fun match for fans all over the world. You want to be a coach for matches like this,” he said.
Not even the last-minute chance missed by Riyad Mahrez bothered him.
“I have nothing to regret. Players can waste as many opportunities as they want. This is positive and this is football.”
Globe returned to the field 20 minutes after the final whistle and greeted the visiting fans.
“It was an exceptional match,” he said. “Two heavyweights are fighting it. It’s crazy. Competitive. A completely different level.”
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