Manchester City v PSG Match Pics
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola refused to explain “what happened in the dressing room” after Kyle Walker was sent off during their 2-1 Champions League away loss to RB Leipzig. Goals from Dominik Szoboszlai and Andre Silva put the home side in the driving seat, before Riyad Mahrez headed home a sumptuous cross from Alexander Zinchenko to halve the deficit.
But the major talking point of the match came when Walker was given a straight red card after angrily kicking Leipzig’s Silva in the back of the ankle.
There appeared to be little intention of trying to win the ball from the former Tottenham Hotspur defender, who will now be suspended for City’s Round of 16 first leg.
And while Guardiola had no arguments with the decision to send the 31-year-old off, he refused to reveal what he said to Walker when he was asked by a reporter.
“It’s a red card…definitely. I’m not here to say what happened in the dressing room, ” Guardiola said after the match, as quoted by Mancity.com.
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The Citizens came into the contest against the Germans having already qualified for the knockout stages as group leaders.
Nevertheless, Guardiola still deployed a side containing Kevin de Bruyne, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, and Riyad Mahrez, as the reigning Premier League champions looked to finish on a high.
But Leipzig, who had sacked manager Jesse Marsch a few days prior to the match, overcame the Citizens with an impressive counterattacking display.
The German giants’ victory over City saw them finish in third position, where they have qualified for the Europa League.
But despite their defeat to Leipzig, Guardiola was still satisfied with the way in which his side progressed into the knockout stages.
“We played better in the second half, (we were) more aggressive, we played to win the game and we lost it so congrats to Leipzig,” Guardiola added.
“First half we lacked rhythm, we had problems to contact, and they had a really good team, we knew it before the group stage, but the second half was much better.
“But, unfortunately, we were punished with one or two mistakes.
“We made an incredible group stage. We qualified with a game left in a top group, so we are more than satisfied with the performance in every single game.
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“In February hopefully we can arrive in the best condition possible.”
Guardiola will return from Germany with a couple of injuries which could prove to be a huge concern.
Foden was substituted at half time for Raheem Sterling after he appeared to be moving uncomfortably, while central defender Nathan Ake also picked up a fitness issue himself.
“Nathan (Ake) has a back problem, we’ll see tomorrow (Wednesday),” Guardiola said concerningly.
“Phil (Foden) had problems in the beginning with his ankle, as a precaution I decided to play Raheem (Sterling) in his position.”
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