January 23, 2019

Guardiola insists match officials got it wrong

15 April 2018, 05:16 | Anna Jefferson

Pep Guardiola remonstrates with the officials after Leroy Sane's disallowed goal and is subsequently sent to the stands

Pep Guardiola remonstrates with the officials after Leroy Sane's disallowed goal and is subsequently sent to the stands

Guardiola was dismissed from the field of play after a half-time tirade at the referee in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat by Liverpool in the quarter-final of the Champions League.

Mateu Lahoz was criticised by Guardiola for not awarding City a penalty against Monaco last season. The goal from Gabriel Jesus in Anfield was a goal, not offside.

He said: "I said it was a goal when the ball was passed to Leroy Sane". It's different to go in at half-time 2-0. If you could say something about us in the past, on an average day we lose cheap goals.

Replays showed Liverpool midfielder James Milner played the ball in the Germany winger's direction. Two-nil against that team is a little bit different.

An angry Guardiola protested the match official's call as the teams walked down the tunnel after the first 45 minutes, which led to Lahoz sending him to the stands for the second half. "He likes to be special", Guardiola said in an interview for the Champions League.

Kelly grew up in Newcastle and supported the Magpies but said he always knew he was in the wrong city and moved to Merseyside 10 years ago. I was polite, I was correct.

"He's a referee who likes to feel different, he's special. So when everybody sees the things, he's going to decide the opposite".

The referee sent Guardiola to the stands when the City manager angrily confronted him on the pitch and was seen wildly gesturing at the official.

"The first goal at Anfield is offside from Salah, in these kind of games and competition the impact is big".

City understandably failed to maintain the intensity of their first-half display and Salah got the decisive goal when he followed up after Ederson had denied Sadio Mane with a wonderfully-judged chipped finish past the despairing Nicolas Otamendi in the 56th minute. "Of course that is an influence".

Liverpool are back in the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in a decade. They are an outstanding team with an outstanding manager.

Roberto Firmino tucked into a winning breakfast on Wednesday morning after helping seal Liverpool's progression to the Champions League semi-finals in style.

The Citizens crashed out of Europe on Tuesday to cap off a nightmare week, suffering three straight defeats - twice to Liverpool and once to rivals Manchester United.

With a few smart signings this summer, many will be tipping Liverpool FC to be one of the main challengers for the Premier League title next season.

Of guiding Liverpool to the semi-finals for the first time since 2008 Jürgen Klopp said: "It will be hard, 200 per cent".

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