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Why we lost to Real Madrid -- Pep Guardiola


After Real Madrid staged a spectacular late comeback to reach the Champions League final, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola attributed his team's latest Champions League defeat on the unpredictable nature of football.

City led 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on the night and 5-3 on aggregate heading into the 90th minute until substitute Rodrygo scored two goals in 88 seconds to send the game to extra time.

The victory was scored by Karim Benzema from the penalty spot, sending the 13-time champions into the final against Liverpool on May 28 in Paris.

Guardiola's side were left to lament a slew of squandered opportunities, both in the first leg at the Etihad and after Riyad Mahrez put them ahead 17 minutes from time.

According to Pep, "We didn't play our best," Guardiola told BT Sport. "It's normal in 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.

"After we scored the goal we were better. We found out tempo and our game and the players were comfortable,” added Guardiola.

"It is not like in the last 10 minutes they attack and attack and you suffer. It didn’t happen. They put a lot of players in the box, with (Eder) Militao, Rodrygo, Vinicius (Junior), Benzema and they put in crosses and scored two goals.

"Now we need to process that and come back with our people at home and the last four games we have," Guardiola said.

City will host Newcastle on Sunday.

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