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Porto boss Sergio Conceicao has criticised Pep Guardiola of pressuring referees in an extraordinary rant after Manchester City’s Champions League win yesterday.
Citizens have celebrated a 3 – 1 victory over the rivals at the Etihad Stadium, with Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres scoring the winning goals for their side.
During the clash, both managers were running between the two benches, facing each other on several occasions.
Speaking about the discussions with Conceicao, Guardiola has insisted they were “friends” now, however, the rival boss has not shared the same thoughts when talking about the clash in an interview.
“I’ve got a lot to learn from Pep Guardiola, in the way he pressures referees, talks to opposition players and opposition dugout. He’s a fantastic example. I have to learn this. We were angels compared to the other dugout,” Conceicao told Porto’s official website.
Conceicao was also discontent with the referee’s decisions, claiming “A Latvian and a Dutch helped the English celebrate”.
“The referee had a tremendous impact on the match,” he added. “Marchesin is bruised on his leg right now, because of the foul on him.
“That allowed them to draw, and it raised their confidence, as they were finding no way to breach our defensive line. And when they did, they posed no danger. Just before the break, we had one or two more opportunities to score, as we reached their goal with danger, always remaining humble and skilled in our defensive organisation, and then Pepe is pushed from the back on a throw-in.
“That should have been a penalty and a chance to go into the break with the lead. Then came the free-kick for the 2-1, which wasn’t a foul in my opinion. There were situations where nothing was called, others when too much was called.
“I feel I owe an apology to Portuguese referees. Looking at the refereeing team and the VAR tonight, these international referees have a lot to learn from the Portuguese City of Football.”
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