18 Apr Man Metropolis 4-Three Tottenham: VAR selections have been ‘merciless’ to Manchester outfit – Pep Guardiola
The Catalan coach was completely satisfied together with his team’s efficiency however felt they didn’t get the breaks as VAR calls noticed them knocked out of the Champions League
Pep Guardiola appeared gutted to see his facet eradicated from the Champions League on the quarter-final stage but once more, with VAR confirming a late aim for Tottenham whereas ruling out what would have been a late winner for Manchester Metropolis on Wednesday.
Metropolis got here into the night time trailing 1-Zero from the primary leg and needing to win by two clear targets following an early onslaught that noticed Spurs bag two away targets earlier than half-time because the facet’s break up 5 targets within the first 21 minutes of the second leg.
Sergio Aguero’s second-half strike had Metropolis out in entrance as soon as once more earlier than VAR selections took over within the closing levels.
First it was a aim for Fernando Llorente , confirmed by VAR regardless of the trace of handball, placing Spurs again in entrance in the tie on away targets, earlier than Raheem Sterling’s stoppage-time strike, which might have been a winner for Metropolis, was dominated out for offside after being checked.
The loss within the tie ends Metropolis’s chase for a quadruple, and Guardiola was not happy with how his membership’s run within the Champions League got here to an finish.
“In first 20 minutes it was 3-2. 5 targets in 20 minutes isn’t fairly regular,” he advised BT Sport . “We scored our targets and after, VAR made the remaining.”
“The handball was inches. It [Sterling’s disallowed goal] was offside.
“I assist VAR however possibly from one angle Fernando Llorente’s aim is handball, possibly from the referee’s angle it isn’t.
“It was merciless. The second we have fun and we’re so near the semi-finals. It’s what it’s.
“The primary half was good. Within the second we created plenty of possibilities. Spurs are a robust team so it was fairly equal. Sadly we’re not on the subsequent stage.”
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Metropolis nonetheless have a lot to play for, with an FA Cup closing in opposition to Watford to return and the membership in a battle for the Premier League title with Liverpool.
And whereas Guardiola admits the loss to Spurs shall be arduous to take, he promised that his membership can be again up for the closing run in a few day.
“We have now plenty of video games from the league and FA Cup closing,” he stated. “Immediately is hard and tomorrow shall be powerful too however the day after we shall be able to combat for the Premier League.”