Pep Guardiola continues to fume about Ashley Young’s challenge on Sergio Aguero following Champions League exit

by Leo Nieboer

Pep Guardiola once again hit out at Martin Atkinson’s failure to award a penalty for Ashley Young‘s challenge on Sergio Aguero following his side’s exit from the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Englishman, who could have given a penalty away earlier in the game for a handball, crashed into Aguero as the striker raced to meet the ball in the box.

It was, by all accounts, surprising that no penalty was given, even if Young did get a foot to the ball in the process.

Guardiola sarcastically claimed that Aguero dived in the lead-up to his side’s meeting with Liverpool, and following his side’s 2-1 defeat at the Ethiad he felt compelled to once again bring it up.

“It’s the same from the last game, against United,” he said. “Seventy-eight minutes, the most incredible penalty I ever saw in my life, and Martin Atkinson didn’t want to whistle.”

Football is a strange game. Just a week ago, City were favourites to reach the Champions League semi-finals, widely regarded as the best in the competition, and had the once in a lifetime opportunity of wrapping up the title against United beckoning as well.

And now, following three straight defeats, their season appears to have hit a wall. Yes, they will win the league at a canter – and deservedly so – but their celebrations will be overshadowed by the memory of Jose Mourinho ruining their title party and, just three days later, losing 5-1 to Liverpool on aggregate.

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