Lovren lifts lid on outburst that sparked Liverpool win

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

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

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been charged by UEFA for improper conduct following his side's 2-1 loss to Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Liverpool won the second leg 2-1 to claim a place in the semi-finals with a 5-1 aggregate success.

Despite fears that an injury would prevent Salah from playing, the Liverpool star appeared not only in flawless fitness but on top form as he scored Liverpool's equalizing goal to give them the crucial away goal. The Reds were already the subject of UEFA disciplinary proceedings after City's team bus was attacked by supporters outside Anfield ahead of the first leg last week.

Manchester City showed signs of revival after Leroy Sane's laudable attempt at goal, but the renewed energy soon fizzled out at the end of the first half.

Salah's strike meant City needed four goals to advance to the semi-finals, and that was never going to happen.

Guardiola was incensed by the decision, earning himself a seat in the stands as he was sent off at half-time for his furious on-pitch rant at referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz.

"We managed to score very early, in the second minute which was very important, and then after that we managed to control the ball and keep it in their half", said the Brazilian.

And a third said: "That makes me love Oxlade-Chamberlain even more". With City still boasting a 13-point Premier League lead, a seventh title in nine seasons as a senior coach in three different countries remains a formality.

"There's no ideal team, but this is a team that could easily win this competition".

City's players know they were second best, too, with Gabriel Jesus one of many to admit that Liverpool merited progressing into the last four. "Whenever people see the things, he will decide the opposite", Guardiola said.

Liverpool have been hit with two new charges after their Champions League win over Manchester City. "We defended well, it's not our best game but we deserved it at the end", he added.

"I would say congratulations to Liverpool".

A few months ago individual errors, hapless set-piece defending, and an inability to break down uber-defensive opposition left some wondering whether the Jurgen Klopp experiment - a commitment to blistering attacking football built on manic hard work, on blind belief in the system - had reached its limits.

"They deserve to be champions but we are in good shape now and hopefully we can go to the final and it can be a good season for us".

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