Pep Guardiola alluded to’ pressure ‘playing a part in Manchester City’s remarkable Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid..
The City were 4-3 up in the first leg and a second half strike from Riyad Mahrez appeared to have secured their place in Paris against Liverpool. A remarkable 60 seconds followed, however, with Rodrygo scoring two times to send the game into extra time.
In the extra period Karim Benzema got tripped in the box by Ruben Dias as well as the Real frontman rolled the spot kick home to send his side to the final.
The defeat signifies City will finish the season without a trophy in case they don’t win the Premier League, and Guardiola identified where his team went wrong at full-time.
“We had been pretty close. “we could not arrive at it at the end,” he told BT Sport.
It is simple. We did a half – game in the first half, we weren’t good enough, however we did not suffer too much. We scored a goal in the second half, and we were much better. We found our game and found our tempo, the players were at ease on the pitch.
Then for the final ten minutes they attack and attack and attack and you are hurt. They put a great deal of players inside the box and cross the ball a lot and they get 2 goals.
“We didn’t suffer a lot, but we just didn’t play our best,” he said. The players in the semi-finals sense the pressure and they wish to do it. We had been pretty close, and football is unpredictable. ”
Guardiola revealed his City’s players were feeling the pinch after the result: “Yes. We have to have some time to process that and come back home to our people..