Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Pep Guardiola blames poor officiating for Champions League defeat to Liverpool

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has criticised the officials after Manchester City's chastening Champions League quarter-final defeat against Liverpool.
City were condemned to a 5-1 aggregate loss after losing 2-1 in Tuesday's second leg but their boss felt it could have been a different outcome had decisions gone his team's way in both matches.

Guardiola pointed to Mohamed Salah's offside run leading to the Reds' opener in the first leg, as well as the Leroy Sane goal - when City had cut the aggregate deficit to 3-1 - wrongly ruled out by the flag.

He said "I said he was wrong, the ball for Sane came from James Milner. He said, 'From Milner it came?'. 'Yes, from Milner. When it comes from Milner it is not offside, and we go to half-time 2-0. Two-nil against that team is a little bit different. In these kind of games, in these competitions, the impact is so big. At Anfield the first goal from Salah is offside. The goal from Gabriel Jesus in Anfield was a goal, not offside."

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