Guardiola charged for two breaches of Uefa's disciplinary regulations

12 April, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Frank Lampard explains why Liverpool should be scared of facing Manchester City

Even Guardiola said himself before the first leg that the way his City side play is ideal for Liverpool, and apart from a stirring first-half effort from City in the return game, the quarter-final proved exactly that.

"You will not become a victor overnight - it happens from time to time - but it's a coincidence and a little bit of luck".

Gabriel Jesus gave the Citizens a glimmer of hope in the first half, but Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino restored order after the break.

"I didn't insult him, I was polite, I was correct".

"The ex-Bayen Munich coach was furious his side were denied a second goal after Leroy Sane's strike had been incorrectly ruled out for offside", he said.

"To be honest I was shouting a bit at half-time", said Lovren. "But Mateu Lahoz is a special guy, he likes to be different, he likes to be special", he said.

"We went from a possible 2-1 lead to 2-1 deficit. It's too much to send me off because I didn't say any wrong words".

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Guardiola's alleged transgression didn't exactly impact the game.

All City's breathless efforts were undone when Liverpool got the crucial away goal - Sadio Mane burst into the box, City keeper Ederson dived at his feet but the ball spilled out to Salah who took his time before coolly converting. "It was 1-1 at home to Monaco when there was a clear penalty on Aguero and what should have been a red card, but [Lahoz] didn't call it". They were hyped up as a team for the ages and now must take a long look in the mirror.

This was a tie which flipped and flopped but when it came to the crunch, it was Liverpool's remarkable 45 minutes at Anfield and the collapse of City's big names in the same spell which proved the difference.

"Right now, I think we are still not ready to win the Champions League but we make a step forward and in that competition there's something special in terms of the quality of opponent and anything can happen".

"We had luck in a couple of moments to be honest, but when you look over the two games we have been courageous and when you are fearless the luck goes with you".

City have now lost their last three matches - twice against Liverpool and the defeat to Manchester United in the derby - but Guardiola said they should be proud of what they have achieved over the season with his side needing just two victories to wrap up the Premier League title.

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