Premier League!! Man City Boss Guardiola Praises Referee Madley For Disallowing Mahrez’s Penalty Goal
Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has admitted his players were confused on whether to attack or defend their lead as they held on to a 2-1 win against Leicester City on Saturday.
The manager also praised referee Bobby Madley for ruling out Riyad Mahrez’s penalty.
The Citizens secured a crucial three points in their bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League and moved up to third in the Premier League after the victory.
Midfielder David Silva’s goal and a Gabriel Jesus’ penalty put them 2-0 ahead but Shinji Okazaki pulled a goal back with a spectacular strike just before half-time.
Guardiola said, “The first goal from Leicester, [Nicolas] Otamendi slipped and [Riyad] Mahrez took advantage.
“We made a good performance in the first half and we scored our chances.
“We arrived at times to the byline but the last pass was not properly good and we missed the chances to almost the finish the game.
“We conceded an exceptional goal from Okazaki. In the second half, we didn’t know whether to attack or defend the result.
“You don’t want to concede another goal and in that moment you’re in the middle, not sure whether to attack or defend.”
However, Leicester City thought they had equalised in the second half when Mahrez scored from the penalty spot after he had been brought down by Gael Clichy.
But referee Madley ruled out the goal because Mahrez had kicked the ball against his standing foot.
Guardiola said the decision was the right one.
He insisted, “In golf it is the same, it is the same rule, it was two touches!”
“The shot was a little bit strange and when I saw the reaction from Willy I understood immediately it was two touches and the referee was so brave to rule it out.”
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