UCL: Guardiola’s ‘Enemy’ To Officiate Clash Against Liverpool
Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has suffered a setback even before kickoff of the return leg UEFA Champions League clash against Liverpool.
Manchester City suffered a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool in the first leg played at Anfield on Wednesday.
As the side are hoping for a comeback at the Etihad stadium on Tuesday, UEFA busted Guardiola’s bubble with the naming of Antonio Mateu Lahoz as the centre referee.
Guardiola may not have forgiven the Spanish official for his performance when City faced Monaco 14 months ago when he booked Sergio Aguero for diving in what Pep believed was a penalty.
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Pep brought it up after his side lost 3-0 at Anfield last week, unaware that Lahoz would be put in charge on Tuesday night.
“I remember what happened last year, said Guardiola at Anfield last week.
“We were 1-1 at home against Monaco when there was a clear penalty to Aguero and a red card that a Spanish referee did not whistle for. We went from a possible 2-1 to 1-2. These types of situations are really important.”
The 41-year-old has refereed City twice before and awarded three penalties against them - two for Napoli in a group game in October, and one for Monaco in the last 16 more than a year ago.
In just 18 domestic games in Spain this season, Lahoz has awarded 92 yellows cards, three reds and nine penalties.
He has been more reserved in Europe, booking 25 players with no dismissals and just the two penalties for Napoli against City.
With the return of Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah to training, it might just be double tragedy for Guardiola, but in football, anything can happen.
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