Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Pep Guardiola and Liverpool charged by UEFA following Champions League tie

Pep Guardiola and Liverpool charged by UEFA following Champions League tie

Pep Guardiola hit out at referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz after being sent to the stands at half-time, though he conceded Liverpool deserved to reach the Champions League semifinals over his Manchester City side.

Jurgen Klopp demanded his Liverpool players to change their attitudes at half-time in their 2-1 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Guardiola was angry that Lahoz - with whom he has clashed before, when City played Monaco in the round of 16 last season - had ruled out Leroy Sane's first-half goal for offside when it should have stood because the ball came off Liverpool's James Milner, rather than City striker Gabriel Jesus, before the Germany winger scored.

"The boys found a solution in the second half". We needed to start new, that was clear, and we used the momentum for us.

"What I would say is big congratulations for Liverpool - hopefully they can defend English football in the semifinals", he said. "I was not overly happy at halftime to be honest", said Klopp. He said, 'oh the pass came from Milner?' And I said yes, it came from Milner.

"They are a top team and a top manager".

"We are now in the semis and first of all we should enjoy the moment because it's obviously a while ago that Liverpool were in the semis".

"To beat them in both games should be a confidence-builder for us".

"We had many draws and they took us out of the first place". Guardiola also pointed to Salah's opener last week, which he claimed was offside, as another crucial decision that caused City to be eliminated, as well as two other key decisions he believed were wrong in that match. Twice a Champions League victor with Barcelona, he isn't sure he can reach the final next season.

In a week, Liverpool and United have smashed City's glass jaw that went largely undiscovered by their Premier League competition for the previous 10 months.

The boss is keen to build on the team's domestic success as well as ensure a more successful challenge in Europe next season and, according to the Daily Telegraph, he will again look to bolster his squad in the summer transfer window.

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