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Guardiola overlooks the fact that he has a background with the Champions League final referee

  • Manchester City manager stood up by referee Lahoz
  • 'I couldn't care less. I trust my team very much '

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 to Antonio Mateu Lahoz in a 2006 Liverpool home Champions League match. Manchester City's coach was sent to the booth for the second half. Photo: Darren Staples / Reuters

Pep Guardiola's moves to Antonio Mateu Lahoz is the 2018 Liverpool home Champions League match. Manchester City's coach was sent to the booth for the second half. Photo: Darren Staples / Reuters

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May 2021 16.51 BST

Pep Guardiola claimed he was not worried about Antonio Mateu Lahoz leading the Saturday Champions League final, despite his turbulent history with the Spanish referee. 86

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

After being removed from the game against Liverpool, Guardiola said City manager James Milner got in the way when Leroy Sané had scored the referee for scoring despite the ball being kicked: "Mateu Lahoz is a special guy, he likes to be different, he likes to be special."

Before playing against Chelsea at Porto on Saturday, he claimed he had no thoughts to Lahoz, who refereed the First Champions League final. "Just a second," said the city manager. “I couldn't care less. I trust my team very much. You can't imagine how confident I am of my team and what we have to do. "

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

“Chelsea is causing problems for all teams,” he said. "We should see how much trouble we created for them… They beat us in two matches, congratulations, but this is a different competition and a final and we will see what happens."

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

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The City midfielder said: “I feel a few important things have changed for us this year. For example, a few years ago we scored three goals against Monaco at home. When Tottenham knocked us out, we had three goals at home again. When we played with Lyon, we had three goals. It looks like we are very committed to the back this year. We only score a few goals and that helps us win even more.

“I feel like we are very strong and stable, and these crucial moments are very important, especially in the qualifying stages and in big matches. Same for Chelsea. They also look fixed at the back and only accept a few goals. Maybe on Saturday it will be about who can deal better with a team that will defend at a very high level. “

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