Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was left fuming by the decisions that went against his side over both legs of their Champions League quarter-final with Liverpool.
Second-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino killed off any hopes of a City fightback after an early Gabriel Jesus strike, securing a 2-1 victory and a 5-1 aggregate success in a compelling quarter-final.
Premier League leaders City completely dominated the first half as they attempted to salvage the tie after last week’s 3-0 loss at Anfield.
Guardiola, however, feels that his side didn’t get the rub of the green with some decisions over the two legs.
“I said it was a goal when the ball was passed to Leroy Sane. That’s why he sent me off,” Guardiola said after the game.
“It would have been different to go in 2-0. It’s different when Salah’s goal at Anfield is offside. It’s different when Gabriel Jesus’ goal at Anfield is offside.
“Congratulations to Liverpool first of all. We will be back stronger in this competition next season.
“In the right moment we miss the right decisions. The referee is a special guy, he likes to be different. Whenever people see the things, he will decide the opposite.”
“In this competition the teams are so equal and the influence of refereeing decisions is so important. We’ll go again next season. Big congratulations to Liverpool, Hopefully they can represent England well in the semi-final.
“We’ve had 10 amazing months. We have to recover mentally for the six games remaining. Our 10 month winning spell is exceptional. You have to analyse game by game.”