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Porto have launched a bizarre attack on Manchester City via the club’s bulletin following the pair’s 0-0 draw in the Champions League on Tuesday.
There was already bad blood between the two teams after the reverse game in October, with Porto manager Sergio Conceicao and Pep Guardiola colliding on the touchline for a selection of decisions.
A draw at the Estadio do Dragao was enough to send both City and Porto into the knockout phase of the Champions League, but this did not stop the Portuguese side from taking a series of attacks against City, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva and Guardiola.
“In the end, one point against the most expensive squad in the world was all that FC Porto needed to achieve one of its goals,” the bulletin read. [via the Daily Mail].
The coach praised the ‘organization’ and the ‘merit’ of the team and also commented on Pep Guardiola’s bad disposition after the match: ‘I would also be upset if he couldn’t win with the team he has and the budget he has.’
“In fact, the Manchester City coach and players, who also struggled to cope with the result, should even be grateful for how lucky they were with refereeing again.
“After the match scandals in England, this time a penalty was missed due to the more than obvious lack of Ederson on Otavio. It should also have been a red card to Fernandinho, who despite being 35 years old is a clear example that football money counts a lot, but it doesn’t buy class or notion. “
The bulletin also referred to Silva as “an opponent of ours who is known internationally for having been convicted of racism”, a reference to the ban on a match the City player received in 2019 for comparing his teammate Benjamin Mendy to a cartoon character in a tweet The FA acknowledged that Silva “did not intend” the tweet to be racist.
“This is not the first time Porto has reacted badly in circumstances like this,” a city spokesman said in response to Porto’s bulletin. “On this occasion, it is the poorly judged and directed criticism of some of our individual players, and indeed our coach, that we totally reject.
“In 2012, the last season we met them, it was the club’s denial of the clear racist behavior of their fans, for which they were investigated and fined. In this context, this latest outburst is almost as surprising as it is disappointing. “