April 25, 2018

Pep Guardiola charged with improper conduct

15 April 2018, 05:16 | Sandy Nunez

GETTY Pep Guardiola requires perfect performance from Manchester City stars

Pep Guardiola

Yet, Guardiola's outburst is the latest in a highly charged season that has also seen him reprimanded by the English Football Association for wearing a yellow ribbon in protest at the imprisonment of political activists who seek independence for his native Catalonia. Yet despite being fully prepared for Antonio Mateu Lahoz, he still allowed himself to get emotional. But City are champions in all but name and have been for months, meaning their Liverpool reverse feels similar to the ones Guardiola suffered in Bavaria. The goal from Gabriel Jesus at Anfield is a goal, it is not offside and it is a penalty on [RAHEEM] Sterling from [ANDY] Robertson in front of the fourth official.

To complete a miserable six days, Guardiola also lost his cool. Bang. You're in trouble. Guardiola has to take responsibility for that.

"I was right, I was correct".

Guardiola admitted he was concerned by the appointment of Mateu after he took charge of City's game against Monaco in the last-16 last season and booked Sergio Aguero for a dive when he was caught by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic in the penalty area.

"In this competition the teams are so equal and the influence of refereeing decisions is so important".

The 47-year-old insisted after his side went out to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals that he had not been rude to the match official. But his actions mean we will never know for sure.

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Liverpool's Roberto Firmino of Liverpool battles for posession with Manchester City's Bernardo Silva. Big congratulations to Liverpool, Hopefully they can represent England well in the semi-final.

City's bad week after also blowing the chance to seal the Premier League title against local rivals Manchester United at the weekend was rounded off 13 minutes from time when Otamendi was caught in possession and Firmino slotted in off the far post. They effectively got a 1-0 lead because of it - in City's heads, anyway. They sit there waiting for the film to start and a happy ending, instead of getting into the auditorium to shout, scream and demand. Hang on... a few years ago, wouldn't you have been cheering if City had made three passes in a row?! Unfortunately for Guardiola, a pattern has been established since he lifted his second Champions League crown with Barcelona in 2011.

The Premier League side would fancy their chances against the Serie A club, especially at Anfield. "This wonderful goal that we served them on a plate", he said.

With City all-but guaranteed the league title and Liverpool falling short in both domestic cup competitions - the League Cup and FA Cup - Europe's elite club competition offers Klopp his only chance of silverware this season. That helps. The boys deserve the semi-final.

"It literally is the way I thought the game would pan out".

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