Pep Guardiola has apologised to Gabriel Jesus for preventing him from taking a late penalty that Riyad Mahrez missed in Manchester City’s 0-0 draw at Liverpool on Sunday.
With City’s regular penalty taker Sergio Aguero on the bench, having been subbed, Jesus was keen to take the kick that could have given his side their first win at Anfield since 2003.
However, Guardiola informed Benjamin Mendy that Mahrez was to take the kick. The £60m summer signing promptly blazed the penalty over the bar for his fifth miss in eight attempts.
Following the draw, which put his side back on top of the Premier League table on goal difference, Guardiola said: “During the training sessions every day I see Mahrez taking the penalties and it gave me a lot of confidence. It will be good experience for him, next time it will go in.
“Jesus wanted to (take it). I apologise. It was my decision.”
In addition to the penalty that City were awarded for Virgi van Dijk’s foul on Leroy Sane, Guardiola also believed his team should have been given two other spot-kicks.