Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pep Guardiola Names Surprise Star As Manchester City's Best Penalty

Pep Guardiola Names Surprise Star As Manchester City's Best Penalty

"He's a crucial player for us, we've missed him, it's good for us to have him back", Guardiola said after Laporte came off in the closing stages.

City needed to bring Aguero off the bench to find a victor, with his 73rd-minute goal proving to be decisive on a night when Gabriel Jesus missed penalty, with former Sheffield United defender Kyle Walker saluting the Blades for their progress this season.

With Sunday's result - and, clearly, Liverpool's first Premier League title - well in hand, the faithful at Anfield finally acknowledged their reality, singing "We're going to win the league" for the first time this season. "Many actions in the build-up, we don't have it. We controlled it well and in the end we created chances to win".

Sheffield United had not managed a shot on target before the break, but after it they improved thanks in part to the addition of Mousset on the hour mark. They've been together for five years so their spirit is so good. We went toe-to-toe with them.

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There was one worrying moment early in the game when he was caught by a crude tackle by Mo Besic, with the City defender later posting a tweet of the challenge with the caption: "I missed you too Premier League". Aymeric Laporte hasn't played in five months? "This year we need to look at ourselves as a team, rather than individually".

Both City players featured in the draw with Roy Hodgson's side at the Etihad where Sergio Aguero struck twice but failed to take full points for his team. "After that we're behind and it's double hard for us", said United manager Wilder. After that we're behind and it's double hard for us.

"It was hard for me (being out), my team-mates see me suffering", he added. When opportunities arise you have to show a little bit of quality and we didn't do that sadly. I'm really impressed. I admire them, honestly. Everyone at this football club did the best that they can tonight.

"Normally it would have been later but I spoke with the manager and tried today (Tuesday) and he told me I would play so I am very happy to be back as soon as possible and have minutes and help the team", said Laporte.

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