Klopp wants im­prove­ment af­ter Sevilla draw

Stones stars as City put four past Feyeno­ord

The Phnom Penh Post - - FOOTBALL - Jan Hennop

MANCH­ESTER City thrashed Dutch cham­pi­ons Feyeno­ord 4-0 as defender John Stones scored twice to get Pep Guardi­ola’s side off to a fly­ing Cham­pi­ons League start on Wed­nes­day.

Stones headed home on two min­utes af­ter a sub­lime chip by skip­per David Silva, and af­ter Ser­gio Aguero and Gabriel Je­sus had made the win safe, the Eng­land cen­tre-back capped off the evening with a sec­ond pow­er­ful header for a mem­o­rable brace.

“The most im­por­tant thing and what pleased me the most [about the win] is the way in which we did it,” said City coach JUR­GEN Klopp says the trans­fer mar­ket is not the magic so­lu­tion to Liver­pool’s de­fen­sive woes af­ter fa­mil­iar prob­lems re­turned to haunt his side on their re­turn to Cham­pi­ons League ac­tion against Sevilla.

De­jan Lovren’s slip al­lowedWis­sam Ben Yed­der to score early in Wed­nes­day’s match at An­field but goals from Roberto Firmino, who also missed a penalty, and Mo­hamed Salah ap­peared to have put the home side in con­trol.

How­ever, with 18 min­utes to go the de­fence switched off and Joaquin Cor­rea equalised. To com­pound Liver­pool’s frus­tra­tion, Joe Gomez was sent off in added time for a sec­ond book­able of­fence.

The Reds, who lost 5-0 to Manch­ester Guardi­ola. “We did not play back . . . We were ag­gres­sive . . . We had the legs to run on the side, es­pe­cially on the right and cre­ated the chances. Enough to win the game com­fort­ably.”

To com­pli­cate mat­ters for City how­ever, in the other Group F game, fan­cied Napoli were beaten 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk.

In Rot­ter­dam, City tore Feyeno­ord to pieces as hard-work­ing mid­field­ers Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne punched holes in the home de­fence, which was in all sorts of trou­ble on a stormy evening at a packed De Kuip.

Aguero made it 2-0 af­ter 10 min­utes when he ham­mered in a half-vol­ley from a sub­lime City in the Pre­mier League at the week­end, were heav­ily linked with Southamp­ton cen­tre-back Virgil van Dijk in the sum­mer but had to pub­licly with­draw their in­ter­est af­ter a tap­ping-up row.

With Saints re­fus­ing to sell at any price, it was an area of the team that was not strength­ened and de­fen­sive lapses – not for the first this sea­son – cost them as Sevilla scored from their only two shots on tar­get.

“I know you are al­ways look­ing for this thing – the de­fence was al­ways some­thing be­ing talked about: ‘We didn’t sign this or that’,” said Klopp, whose side was re­turn­ing to Cham­pi­ons League ac­tion af­ter a two-sea­son ab­sence.

“If these prob­lems could be solved by cross from Kyle Walker, which flew past goal­keeper Brad Jones. The Ar­gen­tinian striker has now scored 172 goals for City and is only five short of for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Eric Brook’s all­time record of 177.

City con­tin­ued their mer­ci­less on­slaught, giv­ing the hosts very lit­tle space to cre­ate chances while con­tin­u­ing to threaten with light­ning-fast at­tacks down the right flank.

The weather did lit­tle to im­prove the fa­nat­i­cal Feyeno­ord sup­port­ers’ mood, as the fans be­gan jeer­ing the play­ers each time the ball was passed back to Jones, who had a busy evening.

The keeper blocked a blis­ter- one player you can imag­ine we would have put all our money into it and say: ‘Let’s do this.’ It is about be­ing dom­i­nant and los­ing a bit of a grip on the game in all the de­fen­sive mo­ments.”

Klopp said there was room for im­prove­ment and that his play­ers needed to learn to be dom­i­nant and not give away easy goals.

“It is not a gen­eral de­fend­ing prob­lem but we have to im­prove 100 per­cent,” said the Liver­pool boss.

“It is dis­ap­point­ment, frus­tra­tion, but that is com­pletely nor­mal,” he added.

“We are re­spon­si­ble for the very good parts in the game and also the not-so­good parts so you have to feel dis­ap­pointed af­ter a game like this.” ing shot from Aguero which re­bounded for Ben­jamin Mendy to take an­other shot, bounc­ing off the Aus­tralian again.

Jones could not hold on how­ever and an un­marked Je­sus per­formed the sim­ple task of boot­ing the ball into the back on the net for a de­but Cham­pi­ons League goal.

Feyeno­ord re­gained some com­po­sure in the sec­ond half, but it did not take the vis­i­tors long to find the back of the net again, this time in the form of a blis­ter­ing header by Stones from a finely-floated De Bruyne cor­ner.

“John Stones, there is no doubt about his qual­ity,” Guardi­ola said.


Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp (left) greets Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum af­ter the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League Group E foot­ball match against Sevilla at An­field in Liver­pool on Wed­nes­day.


Manch­ester City’s Ar­gen­tinian striker Ser­gio Aguero (cen­tre) has now scored 172 goals for his club.

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