Angry Pep Explains Why He Got Sent Off In UCL Loss


City lost 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium due to second-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, which completed a 5-1 aggregate triumph for Jurgen Klopp's side.

City thought they had a second when German winger Leroy Sane pull the ball in the net in the 41st minute, only for referee Mateu Lahoz to disallow the goal for a non-existent offside.

Liverpool last reached the final in the 2007-08 season and their hopes of going all the way in this year's competition have perhaps been raised by the shock elimination of Barcelona. But it was clear as well that if they can not score enough then there is always a chance for us. I didn't insult him, I was polite, I was correct.

"They could have scored two or three goals in the first half but it was 100 per cent clear that if we won the ball we'd have an opportunity".

"Over the course of eleven months you have ups and downs", Guardiola said after Tuesday's loss to Liverpool.

"We will come back stronger next season".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's testing week gained another setback after European governing body Uefa charged him with improper conduct during their Champions League defeat to Liverpool. Consequently the City boss was ordered to watch the remainder of the game elsewhere by Antonio Mateu Lahoz, a referee with whom he has history.

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Bayern and Madrid are potential semi-final opponents should they come through their quarter-finals unscathed on Wednesday.

The hosts kept Liverpool pinned in their own end for the entire first half, but City's dominance did not translate into a lot of chances.

City were helped signficantly that September afternoon by a first-half red card for Sadio Mane and the home fans were screaming for the Senegalese to be dismissed again on 14 minutes for a late challenge on Nicolas Otamendi. "I have to analyse what we've done in 10 months and I think it's quite good". City protested strongly, arguing the ball towards Sane had come off Liverpool's James Milner.

"Then we had a goal disallowed from [Leroy] Sane and that was hard to take because it affected the game a little bit".

"I've changed my position many teams but we play as a team and everyone gives 100%".

Last season, City trailed Monaco 3-2 before winning 5-3 but then conceded two goals in 21 minutes against the French club in the second leg and went out on away goals.