UEFA to probe Guardiola, Liverpool

Leroy Sane had a goal, which would have made it 2-0 to City on the night, controversially disallowed while Guardiola felt his side should have had a penalty for Andrew Robertson's challenge on Raheem Sterling.

UEFA has charged City manager Pep Guardiola with improper conduct after he was sent to the stands during Tuesday's Champions League second leg at the Etihad Stadium. Consequently the City boss was ordered to watch the remainder of the game elsewhere by Antonio Mateu Lahoz, a referee with whom he has history.

Stuart Brennan describes the Portuguese midfielder's display: "Brilliant in the first half, stretching Liverpool wide and still affecting play by coming inside - if his shot against the post had been an inch or two to the right, City would've been in business".

"We used the momentum for us and we knew for City if we scored one goal then the atmosphere is pretty different. That's why he sent me off", Guardiola told a news conference. Madrid leads Juve 3-0 and Bayern leads Sevilla 2-1. Within seconds, the ball was back at the feet of Sterling, who burst into the box and rolled a pass across to Gabriel Jesus and the Brazilian slotted it home.

"In this competition the teams are so equal and the influence of refereeing decisions is so important", said the Spaniard afterwards, denying he had insulted the referee. City protested strongly, arguing the ball towards Sane had come off Liverpool's James Milner. All-out attack was the only option if City was to become only the third team to overturn at least a three-goal first-leg deficit in the Champions League knockout stage. But Mateu Lahoz is a special guy, he likes to be different, he likes to be special. "Whenever people see the things, he will decide the opposite", Guardiola said. "We had many draws and they took us out of the first place", said Lovren.

"But we have to be better in the next round".

Klopp played a big role in convincing the 26-year-old to complete a transfer to Liverpool FC ahead of their Premier League title rivals. With a striker in such red-hot form Liverpool won't fear anyone in the Champions League semi-finals.

Simon Mignolet
TwitterSimon Mignolet celebrated Liverpool's victory over Manchester City

"We've had 10 incredible months".

The Premier League leaders have another tough assignment this weekend against an in-form Tottenham, who are on a 14-match unbeaten run.

"Our 10-month winning spell is exceptional. That's why I have to try to analyse it game by game".

Twice a Champions League victor with Barcelona, he isn't sure he can reach the final next season.

"It was quite hard tonight, again especially with the start". I was not overly happy at half-time to be honest.

It took the Reds from hanging on in the first half to dominating the second. "They have a lot of experience in the Champions League, a lot of records and over the past three seasons it is always them", he said.

From a personal point of view I don't want Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

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