Lack of VAR at Swansea surprises Guardiola after controversial Man City comeback

Carrie Guzman
March 17, 2019

Pep Guardiola apologised to Swansea after Manchester City's controversial 3-2 FA Cup quarter-final win at the Liberty Stadium.

A dry opening half resulted in fewer scoring chances, with each side reduced to shots from range, with Marcus Rashford firing at John Ruddy on 14 minutes.

During his time in Manchester, he'd been loaned out to FC Twente in the Netherland and also Ipswich Town but given the chance to join Swansea, Celina chose to quit City for Swansea after only managing to make four appearances.

Swansea players were unhappy when Cameron Carter-Vickers was judged to have tripped substitute Raheem Sterling for the equaliser, while Sergio Aguero was offside when he headed in the victor two minutes from the end.

I don't like to lose games when the decisions are wrong but the referees don't want to make wrong decisions, but they must be helped.

City finished the tie off with goals from Bernardo Silva and Aguero either side of a Kristoffer Nordfelt own goal - the Swansea goalkeeper unfortunate that Aguero's penalty attempt hit the post only to hit the back of him and go in. They ask all the clubs about the VAR and all around Europe, the VAR is there and here is not. I don't like to win in that way.

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However, the reigning Premier League champions realised the uphill task they now face when Bersant Celina fired in Swansea's second from a brilliant team-based move.

"You need these kinds of situations to go through, because there are a lot of games and different competitions every three days". "It could have gone either way, Congratulations to Swansea who played very well and made it hard but we kept going, pressing and eventually the goals came". Our physicality and mental approach is so demanding.

"It means a lot because we know how big Wolves were in the 1950s and 1960s and there are people in the stadium who have memories of that".

Guardiola was less impressed with the Swansea fans, who invaded the pitch following the final whistle with substitute Oleksandr Zinchenko appearing to be jostled by one supporter. "It's not nice but thankfully nothing happened this time".

United's interim manager was remarkably upbeat despite his side's flat performance.

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