Roberto Firmino moved to tears by Liverpool's reception at Anfield

Jonathan Hernandez
April 9, 2018

The runaway leaders will be desperate to reassert themselves after their chastening 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions league quarter-final at Anfield.

Manel Estiarte shared a first-hand video from inside City's bus as it was hit by missiles in a hostile reception from Reds supporters on Arkles Lane.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted the affair tarnished his side's preparations.

The attack left Dortmund's Marc Bartra with a fractured wrist and a police officer with hearing loss.

It is hard to believe that the sheer noise levels, from all four corners of the ground, did not impact on the City players as they struggled to cope with the swarming and pressing of Juergen Klopp's side.

However, BBC Sport understands the police are unhappy at reports insinuating the route notification was partly to blame for what happened.

Guardiola took charge of City in the summer of 2016 and has taken them to the top of the table, potentially one win from the title.

"It's the stuff dreams are made of; you dream of it as a kid growing up wanting to play in these types of games", he said.

"I don't agree with him, he played good, he did what we spoke (about)", he added.

Uefa are waiting to receive reports before deciding whether to open a disciplinary case.

The new deal will also make the Catalan the best-paid manager in the world after agreeing a one-year extension when he took his squad to meet owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarek in Abu Dhabi last month. I didn't expect that a club as prestigious as Liverpool would do these kinds of things.

"We have to accept it and now we have [Manchester] United at home and then Liverpool at home".

"The priority now is to establish the facts and offer Manchester City whatever support is necessary". Anfield crackled all night.

"This behaviour by a number of people who threw bottles, cans and pyrotechnics towards the bus is completely unacceptable and we will conduct enquiries to identify who was responsible and bring them to justice", he said.

However, Guardiola's players were keen to play down the incident.

"The bus incident had no effect on us", Vincent Kompany said.

"It was OK", the Belgian said.

It had an effect on the Premier League Champions-elect as the team performance wasn't up to par with their unbelievable form in England's main division.

It may be a tough decision - and an unpopular one among fans desperate to get one over on their fiercest rivals - but pulling some key personnel out of the derby firing line could serve Guardiola well.

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