Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has apologized to Brazilian star Gabriel Jesus after allowing Riyad Mahrez to take crucial penalty against Liverpool on Sunday.
The Algerian striker missed the penalty which would have given the Premier League champions the maximum three points against Liverpool.
Before Mahrez took the spot-kick, he debated with Gabriel Jesus and Pep Guardiola signaled that the former Leicester City striker should take it.
But he blasted over an 86th-minute spot kick after Virgil van Dijk fouled Leroy Sane inside the box as the match ended in a draw.
“Yes of course. It was my decision.
“During the training sessions every day I see Mahrez taking the penalties and it gave me a lot of confidence.
“Gabriel Jesus wanted to take it. I apologized. It will be good experience for Mahrez. Next time it will go in,” the ex Barcelona coach explained according to UK Sun.
Even despite the draw against Liverpool, Manchester City are still topping the Premier League standings with 20 points, but they are tied on the same point with Chelsea and Liverpool.
Meanwhile The Algerian striker, who signed a five-year deal, says he was attracted to the club’s “ambition” and the opportunity to work under manager Pep Guardiola.
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