01 Jun 2022 | 08:12 | Football
Pep Guardiola admits “no words can help” ease the pain of Manchester City’s Champions League knock-out as he focuses on the team’s Premier League title challenge. City are just one step away from claiming a place in the final against Liverpool before Real Madrid stage a fantastic fight at the Bernabeu on Wednesday. Real scored twice in the final seconds of normal time and eventually won 3-1 after extra time, winning 6-5 on aggregate. Asked on Friday what he had said to his players, Guardiola told reporters: “We didn’t say. No words can help us feel.
“It’s a matter of time, try to sleep and think about goals. Tomorrow we’ll talk.”
The Man City boss must now choose his men for the Premier League match.
City, who lead Liverpool by just one point with four games left, host Newcastle in the middle of the table on Sunday, a day after Jurgen Klopp’s side face Tottenham.
“We’re not thinking about the title, we’re thinking about Newcastle,” said Guardiola.
“That’s enough to focus on. Then Wolves, then West Ham. There’s no need to listen to what people are saying we can achieve.”
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Guardiola defended his side after their most recent stumble in Europe.
Man City have dominated English football for the past decade but are yet to be crowned European champions despite huge investment from their Abu Dhabi owners.
“If people say it was a defeat then I disagree,” said Guardiola, who lost last year’s Champions League final to Chelsea.
“The guys on the team know how difficult it is. But they accept it. I’m not going to argue.
“At the club, the feeling we have is that we try to do it again. Of course, we are sad that we have finished.”
Guardiola, who won two Champions League titles while managing Barcelona, said Real deserved their victory but vowed that City would not give up their Champions League dreams.
“The players wanted to play the final but for this club to compete with Real the way we did is a pleasure,” he said.
“I say congratulations to Liverpool and Madrid, they deserve it. Next season we will try again and if it doesn’t work we will try again.”
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