Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Fuming Guardiola blames referees for Manchester City's Champions League exit

Fuming Guardiola blames referees for Manchester City's Champions League exit

"Last season it was the round of 16, this season it's the quarter finals, hopefully next season we can go to the semi-finals".

At times, the Manchester City manager couldn't bear to watch as his Champions League hopes were extinguished.

"We have to win two games to win the most important competition", said Guardiola.

The Man City boss could be seen on camera putting his finger to his mouth in an ugly gesture which seemed to support the idea he had insulted him, putting Guardiola at risk of a three-match ban. That's why he sent me off. The Dutchman has added much-needed defensive solidity, despite his error leading to City's goal on Tuesday.

"I would say the exception is going 10 months, just losing the odd game, and winning, winning, winning".

He said: "I said it was a goal when the ball was passed to Leroy Sane".

City also had penalty shouts when Milner blocked a shot with his arm and Raheem Sterling went down under a challenge from Andrew Robertson.

The Reds won the series 5-1 in aggregate, following a 2-1 victory Tuesday at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England.

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I would have been nervous if we were 3-0 down at half-time but even then I would have known we'd have the chance to score one or two.

"We didn't have any luck with injuries and City didn't have injuries all season".

"We made an outstanding 45 minutes but like last season against Monaco with Aguero, when it is a clear penalty and the same referee, in this competition, the teams are so equal, the impact [of decisions] is so big".

The hosts kept Liverpool pinned in their own end for the entire first half, but City's dominance did not translate into a lot of chances.

"The whole team kept them out last Wednesday because the three up front were defending". Unfortunately for Guardiola, a pattern has been established since he lifted his second Champions League crown with Barcelona in 2011.

"We made an awesome 45 minutes".

Kelly grew up in Newcastle and supported the Magpies but said he always knew he was in the wrong city and moved to Merseyside 10 years ago. "It's been an intense week so far and it's not done yet, we have to go again". "That's why I have to try to analyse it game by game".

It is all very well scoring seven against Stoke, six against Watford and five against Crystal Palace, but the margins are fractional when it comes to the Champions League and Guardiola knows City need to be more ruthless when they are on top in the big games.

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