Man City's documentary reveals what Guardiola thought of Liverpool ahead of CL tie

Manchester City’s ‘All or Nothing’ documentary is on the tip of every football fan’s tongue right now.

The groundbreaking production from Amazon Prime has finally let us see how one of the world’s biggest clubs operates during a season.

Pep Guardiola’s masterful motivations, the unseen emotions of players going through injury and the manager handing out some serious hairdryer treatments are just some of the reasons to watch it.

It will be a huge shock if other big clubs don’t follow suit in the coming years.

A lot of the talk on social media about the documentary has been the reaction to City’s rivals throughout last season.

Guardiola is, of course, at the forefront of it and there is one clip that has really caught the attention of Liverpool fans.

The footage centres on their famous Champions League quarter-final tie and it begins in Everton’s dressing room during City’s 3-1 win at Goodison Park.

And it shows Guardiola explaining to his staff how worried he is about Liverpool’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.


Is there a greater compliment than a manager of Guardiola’s ilk displaying that level of fear?

And it’s something that Liverpool fans cannot get enough of.


His staff try and downplay it, saying “it’s just them”, but the former Barcelona man refuses to do so – and it turns out he was right in his thinking.

Across the tie, Salah would score twice, while Mane and Firmino would both find the net once, sealing a 5-1 aggregate win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

And it’s very interesting to see Guardiola correctly predict Salah playing in a more central role throughout the tie.

In the game at the Etihad – which Liverpool won 2-1 – Firmino shifted out to the left, Mane moved back out to the right and Salah was the focal point of the attack.

It worked a treat, with Salah’s goal coming courtesy of his more central position and Firmino’s winner from the left after a mistake from Nicolas Otamendi.

What a tactical battle that tie was.

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