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Pep Guardiola calls on Premier League managers to give referees a break

Pep Guardiola calls on Premier League managers to give referees a break

Guardiola knows from experience just how important it will be to get that first trophy in the bag.

But Burnley were angered by referee Graham Scott whom they thought allowed City to take a free-kick too quickly, leading to Aguero's equaliser.

Guardiola later claimed his gestures were simply a request for Burnley to leave the officials alone, but it was certainly an ugly scene and one that ended with fourth official Andy Haines ordering the Spaniard to return to his technical area.

Even Arsenal and Chelsea, who meet in the other Carabao Cup semifinal, will take the competition seriously although all will consider they have European ambitions to challenge for as well as a battle for a top-four place.

"But I think all the managers around the world, especially here, forget to make their job. If they were offended, I am sorry".

Barnes fired home to give the Clarets the lead at half time as Sean Dyche and his team set out to be the first team to beat the runaway Premier League leaders in a domestic game this season.

Aguero scored twice in the 4-1 win.

"First of all I have to say its an honour for me to have Sergio Aguero under my command", he said.

"All the guys who don't play regularly, they were awesome", he said.




"I am happy to be part of this team and train hard every day, waiting for my chance".

"The quality he has inside the box is awesome and both of his goals were wonderful". "We weren't going to try and look for a lucky draw but we also have to protect our players." .

Zinchenko has emerged as one of the many City success stories this season, a winger converted to left-back by Guardiola and now, with Benjamin Mendy injured, an important back-up to injury prone Fabian Delph who, himself, was switched from his customary midfield role.

The Spanish global released a statement earlier this week to confirm the reasons why he was spending time in his home country.

With Burnley's mean streak, the worst scenario was potentially for City to pull one goal back and force a replay at Turf Moor that neither side wanted.

"You both fight, you both want to win, you both want your teams to win", he said. "Everybody's allowed to be passionate I believe".

"The referee said he didn't have to blow the whistle, but Ashley Westwood was five yards away and the ball went through the gap where he should have been".

With just one youngster starting and Cluadio Bravo in goal, the starting lineup was almost full strength.


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