Despite a career that boasts nearly 40 major trophies with some of the world's biggest football clubs, Pep Guardiola regarded Sunday's wet and windy stalemate with Liverpool as one of the "most special days" of his career.
Liverpool and Manchester City both missed out on a chance to cement their places in the top four with the draw, and while both remain in those Champions League positions, they would have liked a better result, especially with the chances that were created.
The England midfielder was one of Liverpool's standout performers in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City but he had the chance to grab the headlines in the final moments when one breakaway cut the home side's defence in half.
"Today is one of the happiest days of my life as a manager".
"After the way that we lost against Monaco, the most important thing for us is to be there the next year, in the Champions League again".
At the end of the game players were on their knees, so exhausted were they from their exertions.
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Raheem Sterling should have put City ahead on 40 minutes when De Bruyne fed David Silva, but the low ball evaded Sterling's touch, who felt he was fouled in the box. We did all we could.
"We will of course make changes but not what people say, because every club will do that - but I am so happy to work with these guys". "No idea! I'm more interested in what mood we are in".
He said: "I never came here and said we are going to win one title". Had they been more clinical in front of goal and not conceded a penalty, they could have won. This means a lot to me. Liverpool, who had come into the game more after a slow start, were pegged back 18 minutes later when Aguero scored from Kevin de Bruyne's fine low cross.
It was a match displaying numerous best qualities of the Premier League and was packed with incidents, controversies and missed chances as both sides focused on attack. "If he can't [explain the miss] - I thought it was because he worked so hard before". "After City's midweek showing they'd probably take it as well - I'm going for a 0-0 or 1-1".
Liverpool headed into this weekend's round of fixtures in fourth place in the Premier League table as Jurgen Klopp aims to steer the Reds into the Champions League for next season.
"After the game, Adam said immediately to me "sorry", and I thought, 'Why?' Now I know why he thought he had to say sorry but he doesn't have to because his performance was outstanding".