‘His attitude was extremely unpleasant’: Porto boss Sergio Conceicao hits out at Pep Guardiola following Champions League defeat as he claims Manchester City manager used ‘ugly words’ on touchline
- Sergio Conceicao and Pep Guardiola were seen arguing on several occasions
- Guardiola played down the incidents following Man City’s victory against Porto
- But the Portuguese has not reciprocated and has launched a stunning attack
- The duo were disagreed on a number of decisions given during the match
Porto boss Sergio Conceicao has launched a stinging criticism of Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola and claimed he used ‘ugly words’ on the touchline during their Champions League group game fixture.
The duo were seen arguing on the touchline on several occasions during City’s 3-1 win against the Portuguese side over a number of refereeing decisions.
Guardiola played down the incidents after the Group C encounter, claiming he and Conceicao are ‘friends’, but the Portuguese has not reciprocated and instead ripped into the former Barcelona boss, accusing him of putting pressure on referees and having a poor attitude.
Porto boss Sergio Conceicao scathingly criticised Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
Guardiola and Conceicao were involved in a number of touchline arguments as City beat Porto
‘I’ve got a lot to learn from Pep Guardiola, in the way he pressures referees, talks to opposition players and opposition dugout,’ the Porto coach told Portuguese media.
‘He’s a fantastic example. I have to learn this. We were angels compared to the other dugout.
‘He spoke about our country using ugly words. Guardiola’s attitude was extremely unpleasant.
‘The whole Manchester City dugout was because if anybody should have been complaining, it was the Porto bench, because we were extremely hard done by.
Guardiola downplayed the incidents after the game and insisted the duo were still friends
But the Portuguese (left) has launched a stinging criticism on Guardiola for his bad attitude
‘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 in Portugal.
‘The refereeing had a big bearing on the outcome of this match. [Augustin] Marchesín has his leg in a bad state right now because he was fouled before the penalty award.’
Guardiola was incensed after Raheem Sterling and Pepe were involved in a clash that left the England star accusing the former Real Madrid centre-back of stamping on his ankle.
Guardiola was riled after City star Raheem Sterling accused Pepe of stamping on his ankle
Conceicao however was also unhappy with the refereeing, believing his goalkeeper Marchesin had been fouled by midfielder Ilkay Gundogan in the build up to Sergio Aguero’s penalty in the first half to draw things level after Luis Diaz’s opener.
Gundogan and substitute Ferran Torres added further goals for City amid all the arguments between the two managers, which continued into the second half, and at full time, Guardiola headed straight down the tunnel instead of shaking Conceicao’s hand.
The apparent tension between the pair could be renewed ahead of City’s return clash in Porto in early December.
Conceicao believed Ilkay Gundogan had fouled Agustin Marchesin before City’s equaliser