UEFA charges Pep Guardiola with improper conduct post Champions League exit

UEFA has charged Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola with two disciplinary offences after he was sent to the stands during Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah booked Liverpool's place in the last four for the first time in a decade when he coolly chipped home his 39th goal of the season 11 minutes into the second half before Roberto Firmino inflicted a third consecutive defeat on City for the first time in Guardiola's near two-year reign. It's unclear what Guardiola said, but it was enough for him to have been sent off at halftime of Liverpool's massive win.

"I have absolutely no interest in comparing us", Klopp told reporters.

Perhaps that was the hint Liverpool needed to recover their confidence and whatever Klopp said to his team at half-time, there was another distinct shift which became obvious as soon as the second-half started.

"I think Liverpool would beat them over two legs".

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"I would really like to do that as well sometimes, drink beer and watch a Champions League game. When you see the second half, again they had a couple of chances but nothing too serious".

It extended Klopp's impressive personal record against the Catalan to eight wins and one draw from their 14 meetings, better than any of his contemporaries. "Now we have a mini Premier League for six games and we are going to try to close it".

Guardiola admitted beforehand that his side needed the "perfect" performance and the hosts got the ideal start as they opened the scoring after just 117 seconds.

"We had luck in a couple of moments to be honest, but when you look over the two games we have been courageous and when you are fearless the luck goes with you".

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

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"Hopefully they can represent England well in the semi-final".

"We played for 10 months amazingly", he added.

Roma are through to the semi-finals after staging an epic fightback to eliminate Barcelona, while 12-time winners Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are favourites to complete the line-up.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin in February said that video technology would not be introduced for European competitions next season, citing "lots of confusion".

"After that we came back, we played hard and we got the result - that's the most important thing".

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A much more composed Liverpool worked the ball through to Sadio Mane, whose run into the box was stopped by Ederson only for the City keeper to lose the ball, giving Salah a simple chipped finish in front of the travelling fans.


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