Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Pep Guardiola anticipates to be sent off vs Liverpool after call for calm

Pep Guardiola anticipates to be sent off vs Liverpool after call for calm

Pep Guardiola believes that officials must be treated with the utmost respect, but he stated that he cannot be expected to contain his emotions on the sidelines against Liverpool.

Manchester City will play Liverpool in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Thursday evening, marking the return of both clubs to domestic competition just days after the conclusion of the World Cup.

Despite the probability that senior players will be rested on both teams, the start of a newly ferocious rivalry is expected to make Premier League fans salivate ahead of Monday’s return.

Due to the intensity of previous encounters, Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan and City counterpart Ferran Soriano felt compelled to issue a joint statement pleading for calm in the midst of revolting behavior that has included sickening taunts about the Hillsborough disaster and the throwing of coins at Guardiola.

And on Wednesday, when speaking to the press, the City manager – who has often become humorously passionate on the touchline against Liverpool – was asked if he has a responsibility to behave correctly during a match that has sparked such terrible reactions in recent seasons.

“People cannot behave like they’re marble, like ice cold, when you’re disallowed a goal in these type of games against the biggest opponents,” he said. “We will always react in that way but respect for the officials, the rules and the opponent is always there from my point of view, and my teams, absolutely.

“Reactions happen, that’s why the referees are there, to react and do what they believe is correct.”

When explicitly questioned about his behavior and that of Jurgen Klopp, who was thrown off for an emotional outburst at an assistant referee during his team’s 1-0 league victory, he responded sarcastically: : “I wasn’t sent off. That’s in my dream against Liverpool, sooner or later it’s going to happen.

“No, of course we want to behave good, come on – the players, the managers, the spectators – but sometimes emotions and many things happen.

“The clubs try to create a good environment, it’s a football game. Try to create the emotions we are seeing in the World Cup, in Argentina right now in the streets. You see that, it’s amazing, we want to try. Everything we can build step by step with the clubs, the press conferences with the managers, players and so on.

“It’s just a game, let’s make people happy, that’s what we try to do.”

Pep Guardiola anticipates to be sent off vs Liverpool after call for calm

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