Man City star Ruben Dias sends message to Liverpool as Citizens ready to put PSG disappointment aside
Manchester City will use their disappointment in Paris to fuel their preparations for Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, according to Ruben Dias. After a Champions League trip to face Lionel Messi and co. sandwiched between away games at Chelsea and Liverpool, talk of frying pans and fires seems appropriate for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Despite the fact that a 2-0 defeat in Paris has halted the momentum gained at Stamford Bridge, Dias insists that they will not be blown off course.
“It affects nothing. Essentially we know what we are capable of, we know our identity and we know what we need to do at Anfield to win,” he said.
“It is a loss and we are frustrated but that is the good habit of being a top team. Obviously we will take it but in no time will be there again.”
After a light recovery session, City flew back from Paris on Wednesday and now has three days to prepare for a game they won for the first time in 17 years last season.
And, while the schedule could have been more accommodating, City will make no excuses.
“If you want to be at the top, if you want to be number one, you need to play against some of the best,” said Dias.
“We are disappointed because we demand everything we can from ourselves, individually and collectively.
“If we don’t take a win we will never be satisfied.
“But now the major focus is on Sunday’s game at Anfield and that is where all our energy will be.”
On Tuesday, City were rocked by Messi’s magic, with Dias hailing the Paris Saint-Germain front three of him, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe as the best front line in the world.
While he accepts responsibility for the two goals conceded, Dias believes City must improve at the other end of the field.
City created numerous chances but failed to convert any of them.
Bernardo missed the best chance, hitting the crossbar from three yards out, but there were others, including Dias, Raheem Sterling, and Kevin De Bruyne.
Guardiola has already admitted that nights like Paris will amplify criticism of the club’s failure to sign a top-tier striker in the summer.
However, Dias asserted that the team is creating opportunities for all, and that it is up to individuals to take on the responsibility of being clinical.
“We know the team was there, the team performed and we created chances but we didn’t finish them and on a game like this that has a huge impact,” said Dias.
“We all know that one goal might have changed it all. We tried but today was not our day so we take the goods and the bads and we get better.”
Man City star Ruben Dias sends message to Liverpool as Citizens ready to put PSG dissapointment aside