Pep Guardiola faces prospect of three-match touchline ban for referee reaction

Pep Guardiola

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been charged with improper conduct and being sent off during Tuesday's Champions League defeat by Liverpool.

Liverpool are on cloud nine after reaching the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in a decade, with a wonderful spirit being created on and off the pitch.

"In this competition the teams are so equal and the influence of refereeing decisions is so important".

City have all but wrapped up the Premier League title and won the Carabao Cup in February, but Guardiola said they needed to develop further.

"Last season we were not able to get the feeling that we were ready to compete in Europe", Guardiola said before Saturday's Premier League derby loss to Manchester United and after Wednesday's 3-0 first-leg defeat at Liverpool.

"The referee is a special guy, he likes to be different". With City in the ascendency, the game's.

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Massimiliano Allegri's misery was then further compounded when Marcelo scored Real's third and final goal of the game. A poster of Zinedine Zidane was plastered across Marco Asensio's wall when he was a youngster .

"I think we made a step forward in terms of personality to play these kinds of [Champions League] games, like I never said before", he added.

City's awful week after also blowing the chance to seal the Premier League title against local rivals Manchester United at the weekend was rounded off 13 minutes from time when Otamendi was caught in possession and Firmino slotted in off the far post.

Two minutes later, Sane thought he had added a second, poking the ball over the line but the referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz ruled the German was offside. But it was clear as well that if they can not score enough, there is always a chance for us. We have to recover mentally for the six games remaining. "We completely deserve to be in the semifinals", Klopp said in his post-match news conference, via ESPN.

Firmino will be hoping that his breakfast will fuel him on to a great end to the season with Jurgen Klopp's outfit.

In the same time, City's seven seasons in the Champions League since being bought over by the riches of Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour, have returned just one semi-final. I was not overly happy at half-time to be honest.

In the second-half, it was noticeable that Liverpool's front three had completely changed positions. We are here and we deserved it, and I am really happy about that.

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