Manchester City full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko has distanced himself from his fiancée's criticism of manager Pep Guardiola, insisting Vlada Sedan was speaking as a fan and not a journalist.
Television reporter Sedan delivered a scathing assessment of Guardiola's tactics and posted an interview with Zinchenko to her YouTube channel after City crashed out in the quarterfinals with a 3-1 loss.
"First of all, I didn't say anything bad or judgmental about our tactics so don't confuse my words please," he said in a lengthy Instagram post.
"On the night we lost to Lyon that doesn't mean the manager was wrong to try. If you have seen my interviews in the past and the way how I talk about our manager then you can believe me. He's number one.
"Second one about my wife. Although she is a journalist, she is also a fan ... in the video, you can see her emotions straight after the game and she gave an opinion like all fans do because she wanted us to do better.
"I'm writing right now from my wedding and instead of enjoying that unbelievable moment I have to do this because I can't skip it and leave it like that."
Signed as a midfielder from FC Ufa in 2016, Zinchenko established himself as a surprise first-team fixture under Guardiola after an unsuccessful loan at PSV.
He made 29 appearances in 2018-19, concluding the season as first-choice at left-back as City won an unprecedented domestic treble.