EPL wrap: Pep Guardiola's Man City frustration, $57m star saves Arsenal

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Manchester City's fans cannot say they weren't warned.

Pep Guardiola incurred the wrath of some City fans when he urged "more people" to attend the home match against Southampton in the English Premier League on Saturday than had come for the Champions League win over Leipzig in midweek.

The short turnaround between games and Southampton's high-energy approach clearly concerned Guardiola and he was proved right, with City toiling to a 0-0 draw at Etihad Stadium to drop points for the second time in five games of its title defense. City lost to Tottenham in the opening round.

"Today we didn't have the freshness in our mind," Guardiola said. "I wouldn't say in our legs, in our mind."

There was a near-capacity crowd for the game — compared to an attendance of 38,062 inside the 55,000-seater Etihad against Leipzig — and the City fans gave noisy encouragement to their team while apparently showing no ill-feeling toward Guardiola after his comments.

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"Always when the game is not good, I feel bad for them," Guardiola said of City's fans. "They come to see a show, to see a game, and when it doesn't happen I feel a bit guilty because we didn't play good."

Liverpool faced the same turnaround as City, hosting Crystal Palace at Anfield less than 72 hours after Jurgen Klopp's side beat AC Milan there in the Champions League on Wednesday. There were no such problems for the Reds in a 3-0 win secured by goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita.

Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City talks with Joao Cancelo. (Manchester City FC…
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