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Pep Guardiola refused to condemn Atletico Madrid’s dark art as the LaLiga team lost control in the dying stages of the goalless draw against Manchester City.
City survived an offensive encounter with the LaLiga champions to reach the Champions League semi-finals after one hard fought draw in the Spanish capital. Guardiola’s team fought against a scary atmosphere and a shot home team. But they came through a tense quarter-final in Wanda Metropolitano thanks to last week’s 1-0 victory in the first match.
Atletico finished with 10 men when Felipe was sent off. The Atletico man escaped a reservation for a terrible challenge on Phil Foden in the first half. But he got a red card late for kicking out on the Foot after tackling the City man.
Manchester By Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was close to scoring when he hit the post in the first half and he won it almost late. But the visitors had to dig deep in the second half.
Guardiola, speaks to BT Sport, said: “It’s Spain’s champion and they played with energy and were better than us in the second half and we were lucky we did not concede. In the first half we had chances, overall we are in the semi-finals – it is well deserved.
“The opponent is so tough. All the teams in the Champions League come here and suffer, so it is important that we go through. “
Asked if Diego Simeone’s side exceeded the target, Guardiola replied: “Nothing to say.
About Phil Foden, who was targeted, he said: “I do not know, I can not talk about what other people do, I do not know.”
About City’s injuries: “We’re in big trouble, so we can not forget that we played three days ago. We traveled, came here, have many injuries now and I do not know what will happen in the next few weeks. But today we celebrate because it is the third time in Manchester City’s history that we are in the Champions League semi-finals.
Guardiola: We are human
“We can not play all the time and score four or five goals. We are human – we come from a difficult match against Liverpool.”
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Speaking on BT Sport, John Stones said: “We know they sometimes try to make things happen that way. And we handled it really well. It’s not nice to talk about. And I do not want to dwell on it. , because over the two legs we played incredibly against such an experienced side in what they do.We kept our temper and it’s easy to get drawn into something like that.
“We knew it was not an easy place to come. It is a hostile environment. It was a difficult night all around and how we defended and controlled ourselves over the two legs was incredible.
“Phil (Foden) was such a threat in both matches. He had an immediate impact in the first game and how he drove us up the field tonight. He got yards and free kicks – I think he feels it now. “
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