The Premier League champion dismantled Real Madrid 4-0 with a ruthless display to secure a 5-1 aggregate win and reach the final against Inter Milan.
Manchester City was impeccably prepared with the right blend of calmness and pressure for its Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid, director Pep Guardiola said on Wednesday.
The Premier League champion disassembled Real Madrid 4- 0 with a ruthless display to secure a 5- 1 total palm and reach the final against Inter Milan when it’ll bid to win European club football’s most prestigious jewel for the first time.
It was sweet vengeance for a painful semifinal loss to Real 12 months agone.
“I had the feeling these last days that we had a blend of calm and pressure to play these type of games, ” Pep Guardiola told journalists.
“And after 10 or 15 twinkles, I had the feeling that all the pain that we had, what happed last season… it was really tough, losing the way we lost and I suppose in the moment we had to swallow bane. ”
Real knocked City out 12 months ago 6- 5 on total after an extraordinary late comeback.
“In sport, obviously you have another chance and when the draw was Madrid, I said, ‘ Yeah, I want it ’, ” Guardiola said.
Bernardo Silva netted a first- half double to put City in control and after Erling Haaland failed to convert two gilt- edged chances, Manuel Akanji and Julian Alvarez completed the rout.
Real Madrid arrived with history on its side as title- holder and record 14- times European titleholders.
But City, buoyed by an unbeaten 23- game run in all competitions, hadn’t lost in 26 titleholders League matches at the Etihad Stadium, which was a writhing ocean of sky blue for the visit of the Spanish titans.
City played the 2021 semifinal against Paris St Germain in Manchester with no suckers in attendance due to the COVID- 19 epidemic and the players stayed on the pitch long after the final whoosh to celebrate, with Haaland wearing a Norwegian flag draped around his shoulders.
“(Tonight was) much, much better, ” Guardiola said. “ I felt, I don’t know why, you smelled that the platoon was ready to contend at the position that they contended moment. ”
City is three triumphs down from a treble as it plays Manchester United in the FA Cup final on June 3 and could win the Premier League as beforehand as Saturday.
“We ’re closer, ” Guardiola said. “ This season is really really good, what we ’ve really done formerly. The pleasure, the joy, how important we’ve fun this season again and again. We make happy our suckers, each around the world watching us, they see a good platoon playing. This is the biggest compliment. ”
Guardiola said the players, staff and families would gather for a platoon breakfast before enjoying a day off on Thursday ahead of its medications for the final drive to decide the Premier League title.
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