By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Bacary Sagna has claimed that he did not underperform against Liverpool due to their brilliance – but because he was exhausted.
The France defender said he had been drained during Manchester City’s 4-1 mauling on Saturday by the emotions surround the Paris terror attacks.
Sagna was below par throughout the match, most notably when he was robbed of possession by the outstanding Philippe Coutinho in the lead-up to Liverpool’s opening goal.
Asked after the match if the events in Paris had taken their toll, Sagna said: “Mentally I was OK. Physically I believed I was OK. But I wasn’t. I tired quite quickly and didn’t have as much power as I used to.
“Personally it’s not my best week. But it’s life, it’s life and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s part of the past now and you just have to keep your head up. It was not easy to be part of that event (in Paris).”
Sagna and French team-mate Eliaquim Mangala were part of a City defence that crumbled in the face of exhilirating football from Jurgen Klopp’s superbly drilled visitors.
Coutinho led the way with one of the performances of the Premier League season, ably supported Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana.
“It was quite difficult,” observed 32-year-old Sagna. “We started the game really well but we conceded a goal quite quickly and we were both involved in the first goal.
“So it’s never easy (after that). We had to keep our head up and that’s what we are going to do in the future.”
City’s defeat at Etihad Stadium was their third in the Premier League this season and meant they dropped to third in the table behind rivals Manchester United and new leaders Leicester.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team travel to Turin on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Juventus.