Porto boss labels Pep Guardiola ‘extremely unpleasant’ in bitter attack

Date published: Thursday 22nd October 2020 3:55 - Jonny Whitfield

Sergio Conceicao, Pep Guardiola

Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was “extremely unpleasant” for his role in Wednesday’s heated exchanges.

The pair clashed on the touchline either side of half-time and towards the end of their Champions League clash.

City opened their campaign with a 3-1 victory, but questions over the officiating were one of several flash points.

Indeed after the initial exchange, Guardiola and Conceicao clashed amid Fernandinho’s late injury.

Speaking to the Portuguese media (via The Telegraph), Conceicao has explained how he has a “lot to learn” from Guardiola.

“I’ve got a lot to learn from Pep Guardiola, in the way he pressures referees, the way he talks to opposition players, as well as the opposition dugout,” the coach said.

“He’s a fantastic example to follow. I have to learn this. Today we were authentic angels compared to the other dugout.”

Conceicao added that he felt he had to respond to Guardiola after his barbs about the country of Portugal.

“As well as the match, he spoke about our country using ugly words,” the manager said. “I had to respond. Guardiola’s attitude was extremely unpleasant.

“Indeed, the whole of the opponent’s dugout was, because if anybody should have been complaining it was the FC Porto bench, because we were extremely hard done by.”

Conceicao also claimed that he has to “apologise” to Portuguese referees after seeing the standard of refereeing on Wednesday.

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‘Referees have a lot to learn’



“The refereeing had a big bearing on the outcome of this match. Marchesin (Porto’s goalkeeper) has his leg in a bad state right now because he was fouled before the penalty award,” he said.

“City drew level and it boosted their morale, because until then they hadn’t been able to penetrate into our defensive third, and when they did it was without danger.

“Then at the end of the first half Pepe is pushed in the back in City’s box, which should have been a penalty and the chance for us to go into the break leading.

“Finally, the foul that led to the 2-1 goal is no foul at all in my opinion.

“I have to apologise to the referees in Portugal, because I complain when I think we are wronged, but comparing the officials of this game and those upstairs in the VAR, international referees have a lot to learn from ours.”

City return to action on Saturday when they host West Ham in the Premier League.

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