Wednesday night saw Manchester City draw away at Atalanta. It was the Citizen’s last game before they make the short trip down the East Lancs Road to Anfield on Sunday. Jürgen Klopp would have loved watching Manchester City draw with Atalanta.
The Premier League champions went ahead after just seven minutes when Raheem Sterling tucked away after a neat lay off from Gabriel Jesus.
City continued to batter the Italian goal throughout the first half with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling each squandering golden opportunities.
At half time Claudio Bravo came on for the ‘injured‘ Ederson. Shortly after play resumed Chelsea loanee Mario Pasalic nodded home an equaliser for Atalanta.
With just minutes remaining, Claudio Bravo was sent off for a reckless tackle. Kyle Walker donned the gloves to see the game out.
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The Manchester City draw with Atalanta had a lot of encouraging signs for Liverpool. The Citizens were wasteful in front of goal. In the first half alone the visitors could have gone 4-0 up but they consistently fluffed their lines. With the Reds boasting the world’s best keeper, City will have to be a lot more clinical come Sunday.
Claudio Bravo’s display will have the Liverpool front line rubbing their hands with glee. The Spanish goalkeeper may well start in goal for Pep Guardiola on Sunday (don’t count on it). Bravo is rash and error prone, as Wednesday night showed. Against the most deadly front three in the world he cannot afford such lapses in concentration.
Guardiola was also unable to kill the game early and as such key players Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and the returning Nicolas Otamendi all played the full 90 minutes.
Man City’s display in Italy made the champions look toothless and reckless ahead of their most important game of the season. Fingers crossed they don’t turn things around by Sunday.