Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has become involved in a terse exchange with a journalist following his side’s Champions League draw with Manchester United.
Guardiola showed flashes of frustration after the defending champions were held 1-1 at Old Trafford in the first leg of their quarter-final.
The former Barcelona manager snapped at a British journalist after being asked if United had played in a negative manner.
The question was a reference to Guardiola’s remark that United had played with “nine players in the box”, but he replied: “I didn’t say that. I didn’t say that. I respect my colleague (United manager David Moyes).”
Seemingly annoyed, he added: “Look at me when I talk to you. I’m talking to you, but you don’t look at me – you look that (elsewhere).”
Bastian Schweinsteiger cancelled out Nemanja Vidic’s opener in Tuesday’s game to put Bayern in control of the tie, but the midfielder was then sent off, ruling him out of next week’s return leg.
Schweinsteiger was shown a second yellow card in the final minute for sliding in on Wayne Rooney and Guardiola reacted by appearing to make a ‘dive’ gesture at the United forward.
Centre-back Javi Martinez will also miss the second leg on April 9 after being booked for a foul on Javier Hernandez and Guardiola afterwards expressed dissatisfaction with Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo.
“I spoke with the referee, and he knows my opinion,” Guardiola said.
“He gave me his opinion, and huge hug, and, ‘Have a safe trip to Spain.'”
Asked if he had not agreed with his countryman’s decision to dismiss Schweinsteiger, he replied: “Absolutely not.
“I spoke with the referee. I think he’s a very good referee. He made a very, very good game. But it’s unfair.
“But it’s OK. To win the Champions League, you have to overcome everything. Sometimes during the season, during the competition, that happens, OK.”
Bayern characteristically enjoyed the lion’s share of possession – 70 per cent – but they created only a handful of clear opportunities.
Danny Welbeck spurned a chance to put United ahead in the first half when he put a tame shot straight at Manuel Neuer, before Vidic’s header from a Rooney corner gave the hosts a 58th-minute lead.