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No miracle, just a lot of pain.

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FULL-TIME, Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool: This is hard, really hard. And now we MUST win the Premier League as quickly as possible or this season is just a complete disaster. Who would have thought that 10 days ago?


GOAL, Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool (Firmino 77’): Mistake by the City defense, Roberto Firmino scores. It’s just painful now.


GOAL, Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool (Salah 56’): And that’s it, folks. Mohamed Salah on the counter. We’ve seen it before, and we just can’t stop it. No one can.


HALF-TIME, Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool: Extraordinary first half from the Blues, and we should be up 2-0 if the referees didn’t rob City of a completely onside goal for the second straight match against Liverpool. We now have to score two in the second half to send this to extra-time, when two would send us through. Lovely, huh?


GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool (Gabriel Jesus 2’): WHAT A START FOR THE BLUES! Raheem Sterling chases down Virgil Van Dijk, forces a bad clearance from the Liverpool defender, then finds Gabriel Jesus for the opening goal! Unbelievable beginning from the home team!


KICKOFF! Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool: If I have a heart attack tonight that means we made the comeback, SO GIVE ME A HEART ATTACK TONIGHT, BOYS!


PRE-MATCH NOTES

Pep Guardiola is always bold with his team selections, but tonight he has nothing to lose, so he said “screw the bold, I’m going freaking nuts” and picked the most attacking team we’ve seen him do as City manager. It looks like a 3-3-4 formation, at least with the ball, exactly the same formation Barcelona used when they made an even more unlikely comeback against PSG last season.

Fernandinho will probably be a midfielder with the ball and a central defender without it, with Kyle Walker and Laporte also playing as center-backs. Kevin De Bruyne has played deeper this season, so expect him to stay back a little more as well. The rest of the team, however, is all about attack, attack, attack and attack some more. No one knows if this will work, but you can’t fault Pep for trying to win tonight.


LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Bernardo, Sterling, Jesus, Sané

Substitutes: Bravo, Kompany, Delph, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Foden, Agüero

LIVERPOOL

Starting XI: Karius; Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Chamberlain, Wijnaldum, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mané

Substitutes: Mignolet, Klavan, Clyne, Moreno, Woodburn, Ings, Solanke


The thing about miracles is you don’t prepare for them. You don’t wait for them. They just happen.

Manchester City will try to make a miracle happen on Tuesday night at the Etihad when they face Liverpool looking for a place in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. The Blues lost 3-0 at Anfield and need to win by four goals to advance to the next round.

Given the manner in which the Premier League leaders lost in Merseyside last week, no one expects them to advance. They lost 3-0 and played horrible football while a physical Liverpool side absolutely destroyed the Blues in every phase of the game. We will most likely see more of the same in the second leg, because Jürgen Klopp’s team looks like a real contender for the European Cup this season and they just won’t let themselves be embarrassed by a City miracle.

But the thing about miracles is you don’t prepare for them. You don’t wait for them. They just happen.


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2017-18 UEFA Champions League, Quarterfinal 2nd leg

First leg result: Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, 7.45pm GMT/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 12.15am IST (India, next day)

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

How to watch on TV: BT Sport 2 (UK), Fox Sports 1 (USA), TSN 1 (Canada), SuperSport 5 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), others

How to stream: BT Sport Live (UK), Fox Sports GO (USA), TSN GO (Canada), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


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Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do will be warned, and those who post links will be banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Manchester City community and we don’t need to offend one another.

Have fun with the game! COME ON, CITY!