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Pep Guardiola: Manchester City boss admits Real Madrid Champions League semi-final defeat ‘tough’ to take | Football News

Pep Guardiola admitted defeat was powerful to take after Real Madrid dramatically snatched a spot within the Champions League closing from his Manchester City aspect.

The Spanish giants produced an astonishing late fightback of their semi-final second leg on the Bernabeu Stadium on Wednesday to win 3-1 on the night time and prevail 6-5 on combination after further time.

City had gone 5-3 forward total after Riyad Mahrez scored the primary purpose of the night time after 73 minutes however Rodrygo replied with a quickfire double within the closing moments of regular time.

Karim Benzema then settled a compelling tie together with his third purpose of it, from the penalty spot, within the fifth minute of additional time.

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Real Madrid’s second purpose in as many minutes towards Manchester City within the semi-final of the Champions League left Simon Thomas, Julian Warren and Darren Ambrose shocked within the Sky Sports activities News Studio!

The consequence despatched Real via to a closing date with Liverpool in Paris later this month and extended the lengthy wait of City, final yr’s runners-up, for European glory.

City boss Guardiola mentioned: “I’ve had defeats within the Champions League, I had powerful defeats at Barcelona once we couldn’t attain the ultimate.

“However it’s powerful for us, I can’t deny that. We have been so shut to the Champions League closing.

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Darren Ambrose says that Manchester City should now go on to win the Premier League following their defeat to Real Madrid within the Champions League semi-final

“We did not play nicely within the first half, we did not discover our sport. The second half was significantly better and after the purpose, we had management.

“We discovered our sport however sadly we couldn’t end. The gamers gave all the pieces. We have been so shut.”

Real have loved a outstanding run via this season’s competitors having additionally come from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea within the knockout levels.

“It has occurred many instances of their historical past,” mentioned Guardiola, whose aspect should now regroup forward of a vital Premier League sport towards Newcastle this weekend.

“This may have a constructive impression on the Real Madrid gamers however I do not learn about us actually. We did not endure a lot till they scored, however we did not play our greatest.”

Ancelotti: The historical past of Real retains us going

Real, who’re bidding for a record-extending 14th European crown, beat Liverpool within the 2018 closing.

The identical two sides additionally met within the 1981 showpiece, which was additionally performed in Paris and received by the English aspect.

Real supervisor Carlo Ancelotti, who final yr was managing Liverpool’s neighbours Everton, mentioned: “The sport was shut to being completed however we managed to discover the final power we had.

“We performed a great sport towards a robust rival. After we have been ready to equalise, we had a psychological benefit in further time.

“I can’t say we’re used to dwelling this type of life, however what occurred tonight occurred towards Chelsea and likewise towards Paris.

“If in case you have to say why, it’s the historical past of this membership that helps us to hold going when it appears that evidently we’re gone.

“I’m comfortable to be within the closing, in Paris towards one other nice workforce. It will likely be a improbable sport for soccer.”

Evaluation: How do Man City get well from this?

Sky Sports activities’ Adam Bate

The margins have been superb, desperately superb. Jack Grealish had two possibilities. He did nicely for each. If the ball had ricocheted again off Phil Foden at a barely totally different angle for the primary likelihood. If Thibaut Courtois had been sporting smaller studs for the second. If…

Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish missed two possibilities to wrap up the victory for City earlier than Real’s comeback

What adopted was inconceivable to clarify, a freak prevalence however for the truth that Real Madrid hold doing it. This was their night time however what’s left of Manchester City’s season? That could be a thought that might be far-off within the Spanish capital however will want to return rapidly.

Pep Guardiola might be bereft. One other likelihood missed when he appeared to have a workforce able to successful this Champions League, ending his personal 11-year watch for the largest prize in European membership soccer. In contrast to a number of the earlier close to misses, he performed it straight.

There have been no shock omissions, his arrange neither too aggressive as in 2018 nor too cautious as in 2019. He had tweaked the system and been eradicated by Lyon in 2020. He had stunned some by asking Ilkay Gundogan to do Rodri’s job within the following yr’s closing.

Phil Foden looks dejected after Manchester City's dramatic defeat to Real Madrid
Phil Foden appears dejected after Manchester City’s dramatic defeat to Real Madrid

Right here, his substitutions, not Carlo Ancelotti’s, nearly made the distinction. Grealish was oh so shut to being the hero off the bench. If that had occurred, City may need been slim favourites to beat Liverpool in Paris, simply as they’re to win the Premier League. If…

As a substitute, Guardiola should elevate his gamers, refocus them within the data that the trophy that has once more eluded them – the one they craved – is gone for an additional yr. All they will do now could be preserve their requirements, hoping a home title will sate them. Simpler mentioned than completed.

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