Man City boss Pep Guardiola shares theory behind last-gasp meltdown vs Real Madrid


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claims his players ‘felt the pressure’ at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid staged a daring late comeback to book their spot in the Champions League final. The Sky Blues looked to be in the drivers’ seat for the vast majority of the tie, but Rodrygo’s last-gasp double sent the clash to extra-time when Karim Benzema struck to hand City yet more European heartbreak. 

“We were close,” a dejected Guardiola told BT Sport. “We were close but at the end we could not reach the final. It’s simple, the first half we didn’t have game, we were not good enough but we didn’t suffer much – when we scored we were better.

“We found a tempo and the players were comfortable. They put a lot of players in the box, put in crosses and scored two goals. We didn’t suffer much but we didnt play our best. It’s the semi-final and the players feel the pressure, they want to [reach the final]. Football is unpredictable and sometimes you have to accept it.

“The players are sad, definitely. We were close to reaching the final of the Champions League. Now we need time to process it and come back with the last four games.”

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