Guardiola sympathizes with West Brom after City’s latest offside controversy


There was more Manchester City controversy on Tuesday, but West Brom was their own worst enemy, with slack defending at The Hawthorns.

Pep Guardiola could understand the frustration of West Brom after Manchester City benefited from a marginal offside penalty in their 5-0 victory at The Hawthorns on Tuesday.

Ilkay Gundogan scored twice in a rampant City showing, but it was Joao Cancelo’s second goal that took the match away from relegation-battling West Brom.

The home defenders seemed to avoid playing when official Sian Massey-Ellis raised her flag prematurely while City was still on the attack, assuming Bernardo Silva was offside.

Guardiola’s side proceeded and scored spectacularly through Cancelo, his first Premier League strike awarded after a VAR analysis that only displayed Silva on the side.

Guardiola gave his condolences after the match but explained that the whistle was always played by City, which did not sound until the ball hit the net.

The City Manager told BT Sport, “I can understand [West Brom being unhappy], Now with VAR, you have to follow the acts in these circumstances until the end.

What is going to happen, you never know. The purpose is permitted, isn’t it allowed? No one knows, so you’re going to have to continue.

We always speak with the players: until the end of the action, continue because we don’t know what happens.”

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