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Champions League: no words can ease Manchester city’s pain – Pep Guardiola




Manchester city head coach,Pep Guardiola admits that no words can help ease the pain of Manchester City’s crashing from the Champions League as he refocuses on his team’s Premier League title challenge.

The blue side of Manchester were just moments away from claiming a place in the final against Liverpool before Real Madrid staged a stunning comeback at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Real Madrid scored twice in the final seconds of normal time and eventually won the game 3-1 after extra-time, taking the semi-final tie to 6-5 on aggregate.

When asked on Friday what he said to his players after heart wrenching lose, Guardiola told the reporters: “We didn’t speak. No words can help what we feel.

“It’s a question of time, try to sleep and think of the targets. Tomorrow we will talk.”

The City boss must now pick his men up for the Premier League run-in.

Manchester City, who lead Liverpool by just one point with four games left, host mid-table Newcastle on Sunday, a day after Jurgen Klopp’s side play Tottenham.

“We’re not thinking about the title, we’re thinking about Newcastle,” said the manager.

“That’s enough to focus on. Then Wolves, then West Ham. It’s not necessary to listen to what people are saying.

Pep Guardiola admits “no words can help” ease the pain of Manchester City’s elimination from the Champions League as he refocuses on his side’s Premier League title challenge.

Pep Guardiola, speaking at his pre-match press conference, made a passionate defence of his side after their latest misfortune on the European stage.

Manchester City have dominated English football over the past decade but have yet to be crowned European champions despite huge investment from their Abu Dhabi owners.

“If people say it’s a failure then I disagree,” said Guardiola, whose team lost last year’s Champions League final to Chelsea.

“The people in the squad know how difficult it is. But they accept it. I’m not going to make a debate.

“In the club the feeling we have is we try to do it again. We are sad, of course, because we were close.”

The city manager, who has won two Champions League titles when in charge of Barcelona, said Real Madrid deserved their victory but vowed City would not give up on their Champions League dream.

“The players wanted to play the final but for this club to compete against Real the way we did is a joy,” he said.

“I say congratulations to Liverpool and Madrid, they deserve it. Next season we try again and if it doesn’t work we try again.”

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