Pep Guardiola hits back at Sergio Conceicao criticism of touchline behaviour


Porto boss Sergio Conceicao implicated Pep Guardiola and has backroom personnel of trying to affect authorities.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hit back at Sergio Conceicao‘s criticism of his behaviour ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Porto.

Porto boss Conceicao implicated Guardiola and has backroom personnel of trying to affect authorities following the first Group C conference in between the 2 clubs at the Etihad Arena in October.

“I’ve got a lot to learn from Pep Guardiola in the way he pressures referees, talks to opposition players and the opposition dugout,” stated Conceicao after City originated from behind to win 3-1. “We were angels compared to the other dugout.”

Porto boss Sergio Conceicao stated he was irritated by Guardiola’s behaviour (Paul Ellis/PA)

Guardiola insists he has never ever acted in such a way throughout his supervisory career.

He stated: “I’m not concurring. It’s his opinion however I do notagree We didn’t push the referee.

” History promotes itself. We are not this type of team to do this kind of thing.

” I would confess if there’s an action you do not agree (with) you can make any comment with the assistant referee however that’s one particular action. It’s not a part of who we are.

“The five years we are here – and before then in Germany or Spain – our behaviour speaks for itself. I’m just saying I don’t agree. It’s not true.”

City’s first conference with Porto was a filled affair (Martin Rickett/PA)

City have won 3 additional games since their hard-fought triumph over Porto on matchday one to secure their place in the last 16.

For them, clinching leading spot is all that is at stake in their staying 2 games however Porto still need an indicate sign up with City in the knockout phases.

Guardiola is anticipating another physical encounter against the Portuguese side at the Estadio do Dragao.

He stated: “Yes, it will be a difficult, physical game for sure. It was here (in Manchester) and I saw their game against Marseille. They have an incredible team spirit, they defend each other.

“Their physicality is outstanding and it will be tough. But that’s normal, it’s the Champions League away.”

City’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero will not be included (Neil Hall/PA)

City will once again lack record goalscorer Sergio Aguero. The striker has been suffering pain in his knee since the weekend and missed out on Saturday’s 5-0 Premier League triumph over Burnley.

The Argentinian’s return from knee surgical treatment in the summer has already been made complex by a hamstring injury and the club hesitate to take dangers now, even if the problem is small.

Guardiola stated: “I am not concerned. He did not train. He had a little disturbance in his knee. It is nothing serious but he didn’t train.”

City not only put aside their goalscoring problems aside in their excellent weekend win however even more enhanced their strongrecent defensive record City, who strengthened their defensive resources with the finalizings of Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake in the summer, have actually yielded just 6 goals in their last 12 games.

Ederson has made the case for City’s defence– and taking charges (Martin Rickett/PA)

Goalkeeper Ederson stated: “Our defence is more constant now. We are establishing gradually.

“It doesn’t happen from one day to the other. It requires time but we have more players and less injuries than last season.”

Ederson, who joined Guardiola at the pre-match interview, also made clear he was readily available must City’s penalty- taking issues of last season resurface.

The Brazilian stated:”I don’t train free-kicks but I train for penalties. I am the best penalty-taker but I am not chosen to take them!”

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