UEFA charges Pep Guardiola with improper conduct post Champions League exit

City went on to lose the overall tie 5-1 on aggregate, but the former FC Barcelona coach feels it could have been a totally different outcome if the officiating were at a higher standard. "I didn't say any wrong word".

"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". I play for the team, I try to score each game for the team, that's the most important thing for me'.

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.

"The first half was so good", added Guardiola. "When you see the second half, again they had a couple of chances but nothing too serious".

Jurgen Klopp admits the clock is ticking on his target of winning a trophy within the first four years of his Liverpool tenure but after eliminating Manchester City he says he dare not dream that it will be the Champions League.

Their latest European exit is all the more frustrating as it came at the hands of a side they lead by 17 points in the Premier League.

"The regret is definitely the first six or seven games of the season in the Premier League", added Lovren. They will know their fate during Friday's draw.

Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and David Silva are all capable of contributing goals but as City struggled to break down Liverpool on Tuesday despite their waves of attack, the absence of a physical presence in attack was noticeable.

"It was weird because we didn't catch up well from the beginning".

"We defended well, it's not our best game but we deserved it at the end". "The other teams will have their targets as well when we meet them in the semis; I think they are not without ambitions".

"I don't want Real Madrid".

"Ps: Champions League could you guys start using the VAR next season?"

With Guardiola away from his technical area, City lost momentum and the visitors delivered the killer blow of the away goal when, inevitably, Mohamed Salah chipped in his 39th goal of the season after a powerful run by Sadio Mane in the 56th minute. He told the BBC: "We scored five against Man City and only conceded one".

If you watch the footage above closely, the Brazilian was close to taking his shirt off to celebrate - like he did at Anfield during the 4-3 win - but clearly remembered that he was already on a yellow card for a cynical foul on Kevin De Bruyne.

  • Angelo Rivera