Guadiola speaks on City’s collapse and Real Madrid come back mentality

Guadiola speaks on City’s collapse and Real Madrid come back mentality

Manchester City boss Pep Guadiola is devastated after his City side failed to reach the Champions League final once again.

Manchester City were so close this time, leading Real Madrid 5-3 on agreegate with few minutes to play at the Santiago Bernabaue on Wednesday.

However, substitute Rodrygo struck twice in the last 84 seconds of the game to bring the tie to 5-5 on agreegate. Then Karim Benzema put away an extra‑time penalty to send Madrid through to face Liverpool in City’s place.

That sunk City here; the question now is, how did City allowed that opportunity to slip away from them with few minutes left to play.

“That feeling that happens in football sometimes, that has happened in history, when you are leading but you get to the end and you are being dominated: that didn’t happen to us,” the City manager said.

“We did not feel like we were under siege. We were in the lead, we had been very good in the second half and we had two [more] good chances, one of them very clear with Jack [Grealish]. They attacked with five: four forwards and Militao. But at that moment we didn’t feel that we were in trouble with the way that they attacked.

“And just as the moment when we were at our best, they found the goal. Then one minute later, they found another.

“They have done it lots of times in their history so it could happen to us,” Guardiola said.

Asked if he ever think Madrid could come back from twice to take the game, He said:

“It might have been in their [minds] but not ours because we hadn’t lived that before,” he said. “But that can happen. Over 180 minutes we were brilliant, but this is about who scores more goals and they scored one more than us.” He concluded.

Manchester City will now turn attention to the Premier League, their only realistic chance of winning a silverware this season.

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