Pep Guardiola may not be a fan of the referee chosen for Champions League final

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UEFA have announced the officiating teams for the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City, in the game slated for May 29.

Spanish referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz will take charge of the Champions League final for the first time in his career, having previously been fourth official for the final between Liverpool and Tottenham in Madrid back in 2019.

Meanwhile, Man City manager Pep Guardiola may not be a fan of the referee, after their encounter in the Champions League quarter-final clash against Liverpool in 2018, which City lost 5-1 on aggregate.

Guardiola was particularly critical of the referee’s officiating and slammed him for ruling out a goal scored by Leroy Sane which could have helped spark a Man City comeback.

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Guardiola told BT Sport at the time: “I said it [Sane’s effort] was a goal. I didn’t insult him, I was polite, I was correct. But Mateu Lahoz is a special guy, he likes to be different, he likes to be special.

“I know what happened in Monaco last season, at 1-1, with an incredible penalty from Sergio Aguero. He’s special. When everybody sees things, he likes to decide the opposite. I didn’t say any wrong word.”

Meanwhile, the 44-year-old seems to be a no-nonsense referee and has already handed out a total of 134 yellow cards in 29 matches. He has taken charge of five Champions League matches this season, including the first-leg of the quarter-final clash between Bayern Munich and PSG.

Mateu Lahoz has not taken charge of a Chelsea fixture since 2015.

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