Uefa announced last night that Lahoz, the Spaniard, has been selected to referee the second leg of the quarter-final tie, which Liverpool lead 3-0 after their comprehensive win at Anfield last week. "All the conditions have to be ideal", said the Spaniard.
City could barely have endured a worse result ahead of Tuesday's second leg against Liverpool.
"To go through you have to make the ideal game", the Spaniard said in his pre-match press conference on Monday. Many times we have created a lot of chances in a short period.
"We have to think about football: what we have to do, where we have to do it".
"We have to keep going". It's more than 90 minutes but we showed many times, in a short period we can create chances and you have to be clinical. It is a test, football like life is a challenge.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said City's back-to-back defeats showed they are "human beings" but acknowledged his side will have to be "at our best again". "That is the only thing for us", he said. I know you judge results, but performance? City thumped Liverpool 5-0 in their Premier League match at Etihad Stadium on 9 September.
"Dominic Solanke and Dany Ings have barely started a game all season and they were thrown into Klopp's line-up against Everton simply because Klopp didn't have any other options in reserve". We all know about Pep, best coach in the world.
The City manager appears to be in his own world, head down, as he moves the objects around until they are all perfectly lined up.
"The first 20 minutes are going to be so important in deciding the outcome and if City get an early goal, their confidence will soar and I think they will go on and get the other two".
"It's really pretty rare that Sane had pretty much nothing for finishing, making goals, stuff like that", said Klopp afterwards. You don't see all the hard work we put in behind the scenes.
And even if they are knocked out of the Champions League, it will still have been a successful season as they also won the Carabao Cup in February.
"We don't need that information".
In his first season in the Champions League with Liverpool, Jürgen Klopp has the chance to lead the club to their first semifinal in the competition in a decade. My team is extraordinary, it is top.
"I don't think Barcelona thinks they are already through against Roma because that is football, you have always the chance to respond and to strike back".