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Guardiola claims City are not seeking revenge against Real Madrid

Guardiola denied seeking revenge as he readies Manchester City for their Champions League semi-final rematch with Real Madrid.

Last year, City was defeated in a dramatic fashion by Real Madrid, and this year they have the opportunity to make up for it. The first leg of the rematch is scheduled for Tuesday at the Bernabeu, but Guardiola is concentrating on the current match rather than dwelling on the past.

The City manager said: “It was tough but we made an exceptional first game in Manchester and played a really good game here.

“In general, it was a good performance but it was not enough. You congratulate them and accept it and now, one year later, we are here.

“We are not here for revenge. It is another opportunity. One day we will get it. We will get to the final and win it.

“It didn’t happen last season as we played Real Madrid and in this competition, they know exactly what they have to do.”

Guardiola acknowledged that last year’s defeat was tough to accept initially.

In the second leg, City was in control of the tie and appeared to be on their way to the final, with a 1-0 lead on the night and a 5-3 advantage on aggregate going into injury time.

However, they experienced a stunning collapse, conceding two goals in quick succession and ultimately losing in extra time.

The loss was another in a series of close calls for the club under Guardiola’s leadership, including their defeat in the 2021 final.

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Guardiola said: “Seven years ago we wanted to win the Champions League. Last season it was (like) the end of the world but here we are again.

“Being stable is the most important thing. The important thing is we are trying to get better every year.

“We were prepared last year too. We are the same manager, mainly the same players but completely different games.

“The difference is the second leg is at home and everything will be decided in Manchester.”

Unlike Guardiola, midfielder Rodri admitted revenge was on his mind.

The Spain midfielder said: “Football gives you the option to have revenge.

“We have the philosophy you can always learn from past experiences. And We did a great two games but football is like this and we didn’t go through.

“We will fight again. We will try to learn from what we did bad in that moment.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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