Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola claimed he had “nothing to say” on the ugly scenes which marred his facet’s Champions League overcome Atletico Madrid.
Metropolis claimed a hard-fought draw on the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday to achieve the semi-finals 1-0 on combination however the match resulted in rancour and bitterness with scuffles on the sector and within the tunnel.
First a melee involving quite a few gamers from either side broke out on the sector after Felipe kicked Phil Foden.
Amongst the difficulty Atletico defender Stefan Savic pulled unused Metropolis substitute Jack Grealish’s hair after the pair exchanged phrases. Felipe was despatched off for his involvement.
The issues continued after the groups left the sector with gamers needing to be separated within the tunnel. TV footage confirmed objects being thrown and police reportedly turned concerned to revive order.
Requested concerning the incidents in his post-match press convention, Guardiola merely stated he had “nothing to say”.
Pressed additional in relation to a head harm sustained by Foden in one other poor problem from Felipe within the first half, Guardiola stated: “I don’t discuss referees or the opponents both.”
There was additionally a suggestion Guardiola had liquid thrown at him as he headed for the tunnel.
He stated: “Everybody noticed the motion however I’ve nothing to say.”
Guardiola most well-liked to give attention to the decided effort of his gamers to say a consequence amid fierce provocation and an intimidating ambiance.
“They pushed us loads,” Guardiola stated. “Atletico have been glorious within the second half and we forgot to play. We have been in massive bother they usually had possibilities to attain.
“We had one or two clear possibilities within the first half however within the second half of the second leg they have been a lot better. However on the identical time we defended with all the pieces.
“We needed to adapt. We couldn’t have the ball and we felt the strain. We’re within the semi-finals and it’s an unimaginable achievement for our membership.”
Atletico coach Diego Simeone additionally refused to remark a lot on the controversies.
Simeone stated: “I at all times assume justice ought to be carried out by different individuals. It’s the referee who ought to implement justice.”
On his facet’s normal efficiency, Simeone stated: “We’re dissatisfied as a result of we’re out. You at all times need to win, regardless of the way you win. Successful is an important factor.
“However after all it was a really troublesome tie in opposition to a rare rival. We contained their power they usually solely had a few possibilities.
“We performed higher within the second half and created possibilities that might have allowed us to win however we weren’t scientific.”