Pep Guardiola points finger at officials after Manchester City's Champions League exit

Pep Guardiola points finger at officials after Manchester City's Champions League exit

However, the German was looking uncharacteristically glum on his way to work, following his third victory over Man City this season and a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

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. "I was polite, I was correct", Guardiola said.

"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".

"It's too much to send [me] off because I didn't say any wrong word".

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.

"The first half was so good", added Guardiola.

The Reds are now third in the Premier League table, 17 points behind leaders City, who can win the title this weekend.

As for tactics, Guardiola's conviction that attack is the best form of defence is unlikely to change, although he may ponder whether, in two-legged games in the Champions League, a little more pragmatism might not go a long way.

City were angered when Sane had his strike chalked off shortly before the interval for offside when replays showed the ball had been played to him by Liverpool's James Milner.

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

"I don't care who is in (the draw), we are there and we deserved it and so far we fought for each opportunity to get it and then used it".

"They took all the risks they could take, we needed a bit of luck and a disciplined defending formation. Also, we need to finish in the top four for next season".

Bayern and Real are potential semi-final opponents should they come through their quarter-finals unscathed on Wednesday. "They have a lot of experience in the Champions League, a lot of records and over the past three seasons it is always them", he said.

Salah proved to be the difference for LIverpool again.

"Today I think the defeat was because after 1-1 it was so tough to go through".

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