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Guardiola explains Man City’s Mahrez-Jesus penalty change

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City takes a penalty and misses during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City at Anfield on October 7, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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It’s one of the moments that could, all-told, honestly decide the Premier League title.

So putting Riyad Mahrez’s awful penalty miss under the microscope after Man City’s 0-0 draw at Liverpool makes a lot of sense.

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Here’s what happened: Gabriel Jesus won a penalty kick off Virgil van Dijk and walked toward the spot to take it. But a message from the sideline was relayed by Benjamin Mendy, sending Mahrez to the white paint.

Mahrez, who had made 7 of 9 penalty kicks in his career, made it 7 of 10 with a shot that looked intended for small aircrafts around Anfield. From the BBC:

“He had the courage and the balls to take the penalty, in training he shoots perfect penalties but sometimes it happens. The usual taker is Sergio Aguero but he wasn’t there. We played so well so if you want to analyze the result it was ok. Last season we lost here, and this season we drew, maybe next season we will win.”

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