Gonzalo Higuaín has ruined Borussia Dortmund’s day, but if you were to ask Jurgen Klopp about his team’s early Champions League fortunes, Pedro Proença would surely be near the top of the BVB coach’s hate list, the match official having reduced last year’s finalists to 10 just before half time.
Higuaín had already given Napoli a 29th minute lead when he a ball lofted over a high line in the irst minute of stoppage time put the Argentine international in on goal. BVB goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller came charging off his line and out of the 18-yard box to challenge, but jumping in the air to block a ball Higuain tried to chip around him, Weidenfeller appeared to handle the ball with his left hand. The resulting straight red reduced Dortmund to 10.
With Weidenfeller’s left knee close to his hand, it wasn’t clear at full speed whether the keeper had illegally handled the ball. But it was before that incident, when the officials kept an injury Neven Subotic off for a prolonged period of time, that caused Klopp went off on fourth official Venâncio Tomé:
Suffice to say, Klopp will be watching the rest of this one from the stands, leaving his team down a goal, a player, and a head coach. Against a Rafa Benitez-led side, expect the rest of this one to play out in a controlled, predictable fashion.
Premier League Preview: Swansea City vs. Manchester City
Manchester City can set the Premier League record for consecutive wins in a single season when it visits Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday (Watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
Each side has scored in the last eight meetings between the two in all competitions, which is about the only bit of good news for Paul Clement‘s side outside of their weekend win over West Brom. Man City has dominated the series in recent memory, and really all time.
“Every game I look forward to but it is special to play against your old team. Injuries had an impact on my time at City. When you come from a club where you play every game and then you are playing maybe once a month or two games a month it is completely different.”
Swansea City back Alfie Mawson on slowing Man City: “I’m very fortunate to test myself against the highest calibre of footballer there is. City are flying this season. They’ve got one of the best managers in the world. We’ve got to find a way to combat them. Every team is finding it hard and I’m sure it’s going to be a very tough game because of the quality and depth they have. We’ve got to be switched on for the entire game, as they’ll punish one lapse in concentration.”
Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne on the 11-point table lead: “Lots of teams lost points this weekend so it is a big one for us [the win] just to put more pressure on the rest. We have to enjoy it and then focus again for Wednesday. It is a big gap. If we slip up we are still in the lead. We can’t be complacent. We need to do what we have all year. I prefer to be 11 points ahead than 11 points behind that’s for sure.”
The run continues, as Paul Clement prioritizes Saturday’s trip to Everton and City cruises to a 3-0 win.
What followed, again allegedly, was a brawl which included milk being thrown at Mourinho and a bloodied City assistant in the form of Mikel Arteta.
Mourinho said the incident is in the past, only offering this response to Guardiola’s assertion that the celebrations weren’t over the top. From the BBC:
“He says he says, I’m not here to comment on his words the only thing I can say is that for me was just a question of diversity. Diversity in behaviors, diversity in education, just that and nothing more.”
In other words, Mourinho thinks he’s a bit classier. That and a bag of chips gets you a bag of chips on the table.
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Pep Guardiola is staying as close-lipped as possible when it comes to the post-match derby dust-up between his Manchester City and Manchester United on Sunday.
Reports say United boss Mourinho charged into the visitors locker room to protest loud celebrations following City’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford. For his troubles, he allegedly got milk thrown at him and City assistant Mikel Arteta ended up with a cut face.