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Guardiola overlooks the fact that he has history with Champions League last referee

  • Manchester City manager stood up by referee Lahoz
  • ' I couldn't care less. I have a lot of confidence in my team'

pep guardiola gestures to antonio mateu lahoz at half-time of the 2018 champions league game at home to liverpool. manchester city's manager was sent to the stand for the second half.

Pep Guardiola's moves against Antonio Mateu Lahoz 2006 Liverpool's home Champions League match. The manager of Manchester City was sent to the stand for the second half. Photo: Darren Staples / Reuters

Pep Guardiola's moves against Antonio Mateu Lahoz 2018 Liverpool's home Champions League match. The manager of Manchester City was sent to the stand for the second half. Photo: Darren Staples / Reuters

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May 2021 16.51 BST

Pep Guardiola has claimed that despite his turbulent history with the Spanish referee, he is not worried about Antonio Mateu Lahoz's handling of Saturday's Champions League final. 86

Lahoz gave City three penalties in three Champions League games and sent Guardiola into the stands in the first half of the quarter. Liverpool's last defeat is 2018. On the last day of last year – 14 goals against Monaco, decided away goals, spare Sergio Agüero for diving penalty for a trip by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

Following his dismissal against Liverpool, Guardiola said City manager James Milner got in the way when he confronted the referee for scoring Leroy Sané's goal despite being kicked: “Mateu Lahoz is a special man, he likes to be different, he likes to be special.”

Before Saturday's game against Chelsea in Porto in Porto, he claimed he hadn't thought about Lahoz, who officiated the first Champions League final. “Just a second,” the city manager said. “I couldn't care less. I have a lot of confidence in my team. You can't imagine how confident I am of my team and what we have to do. ”

City have lost twice to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals and Premier League since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager, but Guardiola is not unique in their champions' fight against them.

“Chelsea is creating problems for all teams,” he said. "We have to see how much trouble we've created for them … They beat us in two games, congratulations, but it's a different competition and a final and we'll see what happens."

City and Chelsea only conceded four goals each, the lowest score for the two finalists is 2006 and Ilkay Gundogan believes the defense can decide the outcome well.

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The City midfielder said: “I feel like a few important things have changed for us this year. As an example, we conceded three goals at home against Monaco a few years ago. When Tottenham knocked us out, we again conceded three goals at home. When we played with Lyon, we conceded three goals. Looks like we're very committed to the rear this year. We only concede a few goals and that helps us win even more.

“I feel that we are very strong and stable and that is very important in those important moments, especially in the knockout stages and big games. Same for Chelsea. They also seem stable in the back and only concede a few goals. Maybe on Saturday it will be about who can better handle a team that will play defense at a very high level. “

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