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Pep Guardiola accepts that Manchester City were not good enough after suffering a crushing defeat against Real Madrid, but says that they must now pick themselves up to win the Premier League title.
City were on the verge of another Champions League final in a row as they picked up 5-3 in the final minute of their second match against Real Madrid. But remarkably, Rodrygo scored twice for the Spaniards at the end of the match to take it to extra time.
Within that, Karim Benzema put in a penalty kick to ensure it is not Real Madrid Manchester Bywho will face Liverpool in the final later this month.
This means that the Champions League trophy continues to elude Guardiola at City, despite all his other achievements at the club.
The only thing left for them now this season is the Premier League title, which is not a small feat in itself. But there may be questions as to why they have not been able to do more in Europe.
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Guardiola speaks to BT Sport after the defeat and says his players were not at their best. He felt they could have felt the pressure to get to the final. But nothing could prepare them for what happened at the time of death.
Pep Guardiola accepts that City are not good enough
“We were closed. We were closed. But in the end we could not reach it,” Guardiola told BT Sport.
“It’s easy. In the first half we did not have games, we were not good enough. But we did not suffer much. After we scored the goal we were better. We found out the pace and our game and the players were comfortable. It is not that in the last 10 minutes they attack and attack and you suffer.
“It did not happen. They put many players in the field, with Militao, Rodrygo, Vinicius, Benzema and they put crosses and scored two goals.
“We did not play our best, but it is normal, a semi-final, the players feel the pressure and want to do it. Football is unpredictable, it is a game like this. We have to accept it.
“Now we have to deal with it and come back, with our people at home and the last four games we have.”
Man City now only have the Premier League to focus on. Their season ends with matches against Newcastle, Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa.
It remains in their hands, but only time will tell if they have a trophy to lift when it’s over.
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