UCL: We crashed out to Tottenham because of handball – Guardiola on Real Madrid penalty
Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has complained bitterly about the handball offence committed by Aymeric Laporte in their 4-3 win over Real Madrid on Tuesday.
The Spaniard made reference to a similar scenario that played out last season when Fernando Llorente scored with the hand for Tottenham to send Manchester City crashing out of Champions League.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager believes that it was Laporte’s handball that gave Real Madrid a lifeline going into the second leg in Spain.
Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva scored for Manchester City to secure the win for the Premier League giant
However, Real Madrid returned to the Santiago Bernabeu with full confidence after Karim Benzema scored either side, with a brilliant solo effort from Vinicius Junior to reduce Manchester City’s advantage.
“We went out of the Champions League to Tottenham when Llorente went with the hand. Today it is a hand for Laporte,” Guardiola told BT Sport.
“It happens. All we can do is perform as we perform. The quality of Real Madrid is such that they can punish you.”
He, however, congratulated the LaLiga giants for their performance at the Etihad Stadium and hoped that his team can go to the Bernabeu and finish the game.
“Congratulations to Carlo and his team as they are so good. At the same time, we saw ourselves that we can be there,” he added.