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‘I deserved it’ – Guardiola breaks his silence on his yellow card after shouting at referee

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‘I deserved it’ – Guardiola breaks his silence on his yellow card after shouting at referee

Pep Guardiola has apologized for his behavior during Manchester City’s 2-1 Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund.

Guardiola remonstrated with referee Daniel Orsato after the final whistle, with Phil Foden also looking upset and gesticulating towards the match official before walking away.

Orsato issued Guardiola a yellow card, prompting the Manchester City manager to hug the referee and engage in a more calm talk.

“I deserved it,” said Guardiola. “I apologise to him.”

City came from behind to defeat Dortmund because to two brilliant goals from John Stones and Erling Haaland after Jude Bellingham opened the scoring.

This is not the first time City has conceded before going on to win this season, which irritated Guardiola.

“We are used to doing it lately,” he explained. “I don’t like it.

“We played in the wrong gear today. No aggression. We were passive. The moment we changed rhythm with Phil, Bernardo [Silva] and Julian [Alvarez], we changed our pace and scored two excellent goals.

“I am pretty sure the way were playing in the first-half John [Stones] wouldn’t have had the courage to try it [his shot but we had the rhythm and momentum and we said, ‘OK it’s going to happen’. It was exceptional. I am so happy for him.

“They are an exceptional team. We knew it.

“We weren’t good enough today. At the same time it’s always good to have that resilience, ‘let’s go, let’s go, let’s go’. Having Julian and Erling in the box, having that alternative, it works.”

City now leads Dortmund by three points in their group, with FC Copenhagen and Sevilla trailing by one point each.

‘I deserved it’ – Guardiola breaks his silence on his yellow card after shouting at referee

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