UEFA charges Pep Guardiola, Liverpool after Champions League clash

Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren

Pep Guardiola was like a bull at half-time during his side's Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool.

Liverpool had never been eliminated from European competition after winning 3-0 in the first leg, but Klopp's side knew only another clinical display would be enough to seal progression.

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Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco, lauded for his tactical approach to the match, said there was no reason why his team could not go all the way to the final.

UEFA have since levelled a formal charge of improper conduct at Pep and he could well face suspension in the early stages of next year's competition as a result.

The Reds put in a scintillating performance at Anfield a week ago, meaning they travelled to Tuesday night's game at the Etihad Stadium with a commanding 3-0 lead.

In that regard, there has been a common thread which has permeated all three of City's matches this week: a complete and utter breakdown of Guardiola's set up and his team's shape.

Mohamed Salah booked Liverpool's place in the last four for the first time in a decade when he coolly chipped home his 39th goal of the season 11 minutes into the second half, before Roberto Firmino inflicted a third consecutive defeat on City for the first time in Guardiola's near two-year reign.

"But whoever we get will find it hard to come to Anfield and score some goals".

"I just said, "It's a goal, the ball came off [James] Milner".

"I just said, "It's a goal, the ball came off Milner".

Klopp had moved Salah into the centre forward position, and it was his link-up play with Mane, who was now on the right wing, which produced the opportunity after Oxlade-Chamberlain played the ball forward. "He likes to be special", Guardiola said in an interview for the Champions League.

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.

This is three defeats in big games in a row for Guardiola and if there is a question about his team, it is the same one everyone highlighted last season and in the early part of this campaign.

They made 282 passes in the first half to Liverpool's 88, with 13 goal attempts and more cut-backs than could be counted.

Dismissing Guardiola to the stands for his complaints was never going to make much difference to the course of this game, however excruciating it was for the Catalan control freak...

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