UEFA charge City manager Guardiola with 'improper conduct'

Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp's men into the Champions League semi-finals after incredible comeback at the Etihad

Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp's men into the Champions League semi-finals after incredible comeback at the Etihad

In a week of new experiences for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, a comprehensive Champions League 5-1 aggregate exit at the quarter-final stage to Liverpool was an all too familiar feeling.

The former Manchester City player, viewed by many as simply a squad player at the start of the season, not only delivered with his work-rate and tackling but clearly added some calmness and authority to the midfield.

Pep Guardiola won't be happy, especially with the goal that should have stood in the first half, but the tie was essentially over after the first leg with Liverpool blitzing their rivals with three goals in the opening half.

Said Klopp: "I really think they are the best team in the world at the moment but I knew we could beat them". I was polite, I was correct, but Mateu Lahoz is a special guy, he likes to be different, he likes to be special.

"Last season it was the round of 16, this season it's the quarterfinals", Guardiola said. "I didn't say any wrong word". "It came off Milner'". "It is not offside".

Usually a well-oiled machine which steamrolls across all comers, Manchester United and Liverpool have shown what can be done when the opposition has the quality to attack City effectively, and what can happen to City mentally when things don't go their way. But I know him (Lahoz) from Spain so I could imagine that. We spoke about that.


Despite their impressive tradition and record, Liverpool still have to fight to keep their star players and have seen Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez both depart for Barcelona in the past few years.

At that, the City boss stopped explaining himself and stressed that Liverpool had fully deserved to go through.

"I would have been nervous at 3-0 down at half-time, but we would still have had a chance". "When it come from Milner, it's not offside", Guardiola said.

Salah also hit in the qualifying phase against Hoffenheim, although that strike does not count towards his tally as only goals in the competition proper are taken into consideration. They have, of course, the consolation of the Premier League title to come. He went to three at the back, one of them was Walker - and they were all over Liverpool. The damage in this instance was done in the first leg, when he employed an unfamiliar system that featured Ilkay Gundogan on the right wing and centre half Aymeric Laporte at left back. The Brazilian immediately found Raheem Sterling who carried it forward before squaring to Gabriel Jesus who finished coolly.

Liverpool extended their lead with two more goals to take a 5-1 aggregate win.

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