Referee Mateu Lahoz gets the Man City vs Liverpool game
It’s been confirmed on Sunday that Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz will officiate this week’s Man City vs Liverpool Champions League clash.
Man City come into the game as major underdogs to reach the semifinals.
Having been the best team in England all season, are the wheels falling off of Man City’s season?
Pep Guardiola’s men have lost their aura of invincibility having lost two matches on the spin.
Liverpool beat City 3-0 in their first leg, while Man United came from 2-down to win the derby 3-2 on Saturday.
Spanish official Mateu Lahoz (41) has been appointed referee for Manchester City vs. Liverpool on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/5fwpIy8lcG
— City Watch (@City_Watch) April 8, 2018
Liverpool vs Mateu Lahoz
Liverpool fans are sharing around the stats for why ref Mateu Lahoz may be bad news.
Man City have recorded a 100% win record when Lahoz has been in control of their Champions League matches.
In three previous matches with Lahoz on the pitch, Man City have beaten Dynamo Kiev in 2016, AS Monaco last season, and Napoli in this year’s competition.
As for Liverpool, they have only had one match officiated by Lahoz. That was the 2-2 draw at Ludogorets in the group stages back in 2014-15.
Man City vs Mateu Lahoz
Yet Pep Guardiola may not be so happy to see which official City got either.
After last week’s Liverpool game, Guardiola recalled Mateu Lahoz’s performance in the Monaco game.
While City did beat Monaco 5-3 in that match, Monaco eventually knock City out the competition in the return leg. That match was on Pep’s mind last wee after Liverpool:
I remember what happened last year. We were 1-1 at home against Monaco when there was a clear penalty to (Sergio) Agüero and a red card that a Spanish referee (Lahoz) did not whistle for.
We went from a possible 2-1 to 1-2 (as Radamel Falcao scored immediately afterwards).
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