CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DEFEAT ‘TOUGH’ TO TAKE- Pep Guardiola
Real Madrid produced an astonishing late comeback to win 6-5 aggregate at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday having won the second leg 3-1 to drag the match into an extra time.
The shock defeat of City who were assumed favourite to win the match considering first leg advantage going to Madrid, now sees Real Madrid set up a final showdown against Liverpool.
City Boss Guardiola admits the defeat is ‘tough’ to take “I have had defeats in the Champions League, I had tough defeats at Barcelona when we could not reach the final. Pep said.
He added, according Sky Sports “But it is tough for us, I cannot deny that. We were so close to Champions League final.
Real have had long standing history and it obviously repeated against City, The Madrid side had a sweet memory of a remarkable come in this season’s Champions League coming behind to beat Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea in the knockout stages.
City had come close to changing the score before the first goal with Grealish obviously making efforts to the opponents end, playing with fluidity to make the difference in the attack. But the goal refused to come!
“It happened, they scored a goal at the end. They have done it many times in their history. Guardiola, said. He described Real as a team that enjoys having a lot of layers in the box, and that Ancelloti did and they found the net.
City will return to the Premier League to face Newcastle in a crucial weekend that Liverpool is already in the Champions League final to battle Real Madrid for the cup in coming weeks.