Guardiola: The referee is a special guy

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been charged with improper conduct after he was sent to the stands by referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz during Tuesday's Champions League defeat to Liverpool, UEFA has confirmed.

However, after a verbal kick up the backside from Lovren and some tactical input from Klopp, the second half proved to be a totally different affair with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scoring to secure a 2-1 win and 5-1 aggregate victory.

Guardiola shouted at the referee as his players made their way into the dressing room at the half-time, before he was ordered to spend the second half watching from the stands.

"They took all the risks they could take, we needed a bit of luck and a disciplined defending formation".

The Citizens faced a mountainous task of overturning the three-goal deficit set by Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarter final tie.

Of his red card Guardiola said: "I said [to the referee] it was a goal, Milner passed it to Leroy and I said it was a goal and that's why he sent me off".

Speaking just after the final whistle to BT Sport, Guardiola said the referee overreacted in sending him to the stands.

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"If we have a good day we can beat anyone, on an average day we concede cheap goals".

City played at high intensity as they completely dominated the first half and produced numerous chances to further reduce the arrears after Jesus' opener.

"We are now in the semis and first of all we should enjoy the moment because it's obviously a while ago that Liverpool were in the semis".

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.

But is two trophies an adequate return for a manager who has been able to spend more than $600 million in his four transfer windows at the helm? We knew we scored one goal and the atmosphere is really different'. "We defended well, it's not our best game but we deserved it at the end", he added.

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

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