Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has Criticized Pep Guardiola for being disrespectful and overthinking in Manchester City’s defeat to Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola made eight changes to the team that faced Liverpool in the FA Cup, leaving Ederson, Laporte, De Bruyne, Malhrez, Rodri, and Gundogan on the Bench. a move many pundits have described as disrespectful because you can play against one of the best teams in England and play your second X1.
Manchester City endured a terrible first half by conceding three from Liverpool through goals from Konate and Mane.
However, the Citizens turned the game around in the second half by scoring two goals from Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva but it wasn’t enough to turn the game around.
O’Hara could not understand why Steffen started ahead of Ederson as his horror mistake gifted Sadio Mane his second on the day.
What did Jamie say?
Speaking on talkSport, he said: “It was a typical Pep Guardiola situation, where I feel like he’s ‘over-Pepped it’ again. Just play Ederson. I don’t know why you’re not playing Ederson.
“You need to be at full strength to get a result against Liverpool. The only team in the world that I can look at and go, ‘You can beat Liverpool’, is Man City when they’re at full strength.
“But they had no Kyle Walker and no Kevin De Bruyne. They had a really tough midweek clash against Atletico Madrid, which would have taken a lot out of them, traveling and all that sort of nonsense.
“I don’t think they even went back to Manchester, I think they flew straight to London. And then you go into that game and Liverpool came flying out the blocks. They rested players against Benfica, so they were at full strength.
“And you’re playing Steffen in goal?! It’s almost like you’re disrespecting Liverpool, in the sense that you think you can turn up in an FA Cup semi-final and play your second-string goalkeeper against the best team in the world right now. Come on, how many times do you want to do this?”
Pep Guardiola on Steffen error
Pep Guardiola thinks it was an accident and that he will learn from that.
“One of the strong points is try to play [out] and as a ‘keeper he has this quality. It was an accident and he will learn for the future.
“When the ball is there it can always happen. I have spoken with the team not him personally but he is strong.”