Guardiola, Liverpool slapped with UEFA charges


GETTY Liverpool stormed to a 3-0 win in the first leg at Anfield

Guardiola's charges, who came into the game after losing the first leg 3-0, had a ideal start with Gabriel Jesus putting them ahead in two minutes.

City were condemned to a 5-1 aggregate loss after losing 2-1 in Tuesday's second leg but their boss felt it could have been a different outcome had decisions gone his team's way in both matches. The Merseyside outfit had asked fans not to bring pyrotechnics into the Etihad following an attack on City's bus as it approached Anfield ahead of Wednesday's first leg.

After the match, Salah conducted an interview with BT Sport alongside teammate James Milner and there was one amusing moment when the Egyptian forward got a little distracted by the Liverpool supporters.

On Tuesday, Liverpool and Roma booked their places in the final four of the competition.

Liverpool do of course have a rich Champions League history, most recently with the miraculous comeback in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan in Istanbul, although the Italians gained revenge in the final two years later. We had two or three opportunities in the first half already, so it was easy for me and the boys to see the development of the game. He wanted me and Virg (Virgil van Dijk) to be more compact and push the team up, but it was quite hard to push up when City had the ball.

Throughout the course of the contest Lahoz made unusual decisions, while his forthright approach to dealing with the players was also striking.

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"He likes to be different, he likes to be special", said Guardiola about Lahoz. The goal for Gabriel Jesus in Anfield is a goal, it's not offside.

He added: "Liverpool can not match the experience of battle-hardened Champions League campaigners like Real and Bayern".

But it was Jurgen Klopp who continues to shun the allure of flashy cars for an Opel, despite earning £7 million-a-year.

"This team is ready to fight with all the teams but the other teams are so good, it is hard - a mountain - but we can compete, especially at home".

"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". We are here and we deserved it, and I am really happy about that.

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