Pep Guardiola approached Szymon Marciniak. “Simon, I need to tell you something” –
“Simon, I need to tell you something.” “Simon, I watched the final, congratulations, it was amazing, but I need to tell you something,” said Pep Guardiola to Szymon Marciniak after the Champions League semifinal between Manchester City and Real Madrid (4-0).
The Spanish coach referred to the World Cup final in Qatar at the end of 2022, which was officiated by the Polish referee. In December 2022, he performed very well during the World Cup final in Qatar.
A few months later, he also excelled in the Champions League final. Then, at the end of 2023, he officiated in the final of the Club World Cup.
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Brutal opinion. Marciniak even received words of admiration from Pep Guardiola.
The Manchester City coach congratulated the Pole on his performance in Qatar before the semifinal with Real Madrid (4-0). The Pole reveals that the Spaniard had a few doubts about Marciniak’s decisions, but after seeing the replays, Guardiola changed his mind.
“He is a great coach and we also have a very good relationship with him. We have officiated his team several times before and it so happened that there were never any controversies.
We were after the World Cup final, in the Champions League semifinal between Manchester City and Real Madrid, and Pep came up to me. We hadn’t seen each other for a long time and he said, ‘Simon, I watched the final, congratulations, it was amazing, but I need to tell you: I thought you made a mistake in two situations and you would go to VAR.
I watched the replays and I said, ‘mega.'” It was fantastic that Guardiola told the team before the match that the referee for the World Cup final would officiate them, and it was an honor for them,” he recalls in the podcast “Cały ten Majdan.”