Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has given his thoughts on meeting Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, following his team’s 4 – 1 aggregate victory over Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals. The result set up a mouth-watering matchup with Real Madrid, who defeated Chelsea comfortably in their own quarter-final match. It means that spectators will be entertained to a rematch of last year’s semi-final game versus Real Madrid, which saw 11 goals scored in 210 minutes of play.
Guardiola aware of humongous Real Madrid threat
Pep Guardiola will frame it as an opportunity to get rid of a monkey off his back after falling multiple times against Real Madrid, while the burden will be off Los Blancos. However, Manchester City’s manager has been brutally ridiculed over the last decade for his shortcomings in the Champions League. Thus they have a chance to avenge their defeat against the biggest bully of them.
Guardiola previewed his forthcoming match against familiar rivals Real Madrid after the second leg last wednesday.
“I think all the clubs in the world have the feeling if you want to win this competition you have to beat Real Madrid”, Guardiola said.
“It used to be Barcelona but now it’s Madrid.”
“I’m so happy to be three years in a row in the Champions League semi-finals. 4-1 doesn’t show what was in the two games, I know how good they are, the physicality and ideas. I’m always impressed. In this competition it’s the details.”
Man City Boss expressed his ’emotionally exhaustion’ after Bayern clash
Guardiola has faced Real Madrid numerous times as a player and coach with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He said he was looking forward to the challenge but acknowledged that the games against Bayern had left him emotionally exhausted.
“It was not comfortable. Emotionally, I’m destroyed”, he said in an interview with BT Sport after the first leg win.
“I have 10 more years today. It was such a demanding game.”
Whoever wins the tie will be heavy favourites to win the title because they will face an Italian team (Milan or Inter) in the final for the first time in 12 years. Therefore It’s turning out to be an exciting event.
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