UEFA Charge Guardiola, Liverpool After UCL Tie

Apr 12, 2018, 00:31
UEFA Charge Guardiola, Liverpool After UCL Tie

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola defended his spending on players since arriving at the club but said they were not yet ready to win the Champions League after Liverpool knocked them out in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Premier League leaders City completely dominated the first half as they attempted to salvage the tie after last week's 3-0 loss at Anfield.

But a defence which is good enough to win the Premier League is clearly not good enough for the Champions League and he must address this urgently.

"To be honest I was shouting a bit at half-time", said Lovren.

"I was today with my chairman. It was a while ago Liverpool was in the semis and I was in the semis and now we are there together".

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"I think Liverpool would beat them over two legs".

"We can not compare what we've done in the Premier League when we are here", said Guardiola. I'm definitely confident that next season we can push everyone, even ourselves, to do better from the beginning to the end.

"The ball (for Sane) came from (James) Milner".

"I was polite, I was correct, but Mateu Lahoz is a special guy, he likes to be different, he likes to be special".

The Citizens then hit the post through Bernardo Silva, while just minutes later they had a goal ruled out for offside, with Leroy Sane's effort chalked off. That's why he sent me off.

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Bayern Munich, already crowned Bundesliga champions, will hope to be the exception to the rule against Sevilla, with a 2-1 lead to defend in Bavaria. Barcelona struggled under a barrage of crosses and set-pieces, with first-leg own-goal villains Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas completing the job from a penalty and a corner respectively. "It's different when Gabriel Jesus' (disallowed) goal at Anfield is (given) offside", said Guardiola, who was quick to add that Liverpool still deserved to go through.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren revealed his half-time rant inspired the Reds as they killed off Manchester City to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

"To recover three goals is not easy".

Guardiola admitted beforehand that his side needed the "perfect" performance and the hosts got the flawless start as they opened the scoring after just 117 seconds.

"In this competition the teams are so equal and the influence of refereeing decisions is so important", said the Spaniard afterward, denying he had insulted the referee.

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