Manchester City manager ​Pep Guardiola was highly critical of the referee after ​City’s 2-1 defeat against Liverpool at the Etihad on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg – a result which saw Liverpool progress as 5-1 winners on aggregate.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game (​as quoted on the BBC website), Guardiola said: “The referee is a special guy, he likes to be different. Whenever people see the things, he will decide the opposite.”

Manchester City v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg

Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz – who also officiated in last season’s Champions League second round tie between City and Monaco – infuriated Guardiola on Tuesday by incorrectly disallowing a Leroy Sané goal for offside.

Lahoz also sent Guardiola to the stands at half time for protesting against the non-awarding of the goal – a decision which baffled the City boss: “I said it was a goal when the ball was passed to Leroy Sané. That’s why he sent me off.”

Despite his evident frustration, Guardiola was magnanimous in defeat: “Big congratulations to Liverpool. Hopefully they can represent England well in the semi-final.”

​As quoted on Manchester City’s website, he refused to blame his bold attacking approach for the defeat against the Reds.

“I don’t have regrets,” he said, adding: “We started really well at Anfield but we conceded two fast goals and today in the first half we did everything right, we took a lot of risks with three at the back and lots of players in front.”

Despite three successive defeats in all competitions, Guardiola sounded upbeat about his side’s performances this season:

“I have to analyse what we’ve done in 10 months and I think it’s quite good.”

Manchester City are 13 points clear in the Premier League – which Guardiola mischievously referred to as “the most important competition” – and need just two more wins in six matches to secure the title.



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