Pep Guardiola has bizarrely claimed Manchester City’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Liverpool was ‘one of his happiest days as a manager’.
City fought back from a goal down after James Milner handed Liverpool the lead from the spot, with Sergio Aguero equalising from close range.
However, Guardiola believes that City’s European commitments in midweek make the result a lot better than it may initially appear.
“You cannot imagine [how pleased I am with the performance],” he said. “It is one of the happiest days of my career as a manager. I am so proud.
“After the Champions League, the last few days at training people were so, so, sad, people don’t talk too much. We arrive here against Liverpool who have no Europe all season and one week to prepare. The spirit, how we played, it is one of my happiest days as a manager.
“We created more than them. Our problem is we don’t score when they are easy goals. At least we showed spirit that we didn’t show in the first half in Monaco.
“When you approach one game after 10 games winning nothing is special. You have to consider the situation we played this game, how we played against them, a top team – they have exceptional players – means a lot to me. That is why I am so happy.”