Date published: Friday 7th June 2019 12:31
Former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal has revealed why he believes Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the Premier League title last season.
The 67 year old managed the Red Devils between 2014 and 2016, winning the FA Cup in his last game in charge. He hasn’t managed since but has previously managed Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Ajax.
City just beat Liverpool to the title last season by just one point, with both teams enjoying exceptional seasons. In a title race that went right down to the last day of the season, City gained 98 points, just 2 behind the record they set themselves in the season prior.
Liverpool broke the record for the most points for a runner up but managed to put the heartbreak of missing out on the title behind them and went on to lift the clubs sixth European Cup by beating Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid.
Van Gaal has now revealed how Pep Guardiola’s men managed to hold of the challenge of the Reds and win back to back league titles.
In an interview with The Guardian, Van Gaal gave his tactical analysis of the difference between the two teams.
He said: “When Liverpool have to attack constantly, they have a problem, more a problem than, for example, Manchester City.
“Because Salah, Firmino and Mané need a bigger space than Agüero, Sané and Sterling and also the creativity in City’s midfield is higher with De Bruyne, David Silva, Fernandinho and Bernardo Silva, they can play in a small space. That’s why City are the champions.”
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