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City Out on Penalties Despite Dominant Display

Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League journey came to a crushing end yesterday after a penalty shootout defeat to Real Madrid. While the final score remained 1-1 after extra time, Pep Guardiola hailed his team’s exceptional performance despite the gut-wrenching loss.

Dominant but Deflated

The Citizens controlled the majority of the match, boasting two-thirds possession and nearly triple the shots on target compared to their opponents. Kevin De Bruyne’s thunderous strike canceled out Rodrygo’s opener, but City faltered in the penalty shootout, handing Real Madrid a place in the semi-finals.

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Guardiola: No Regrets

Despite the setback, Guardiola remained proud of his team’s efforts. “We did everything,” he declared. “I don’t have any regrets about what we have done.” He acknowledged Real Madrid’s deep defensive strategy, crediting their solidarity and effective use of counter-attacks.

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Pep Guardiola, Manchester City Manager, talks to the players of Manchester City prior to the start of extra time in the UEFA Champions League second leg quarter-final match between Manchester City and Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England. Wednesday 17th April 2024. (Photo by Jon Super / action press)

Deja Vu in Europe

This marks the third consecutive year City has faced Real Madrid in the knockout stages. While they emerged victorious in both previous encounters at the Etihad, this time the Spanish giants proved too resilient.

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Guardiola Praises Exceptional Performance

Guardiola emphasized the team’s exceptional performance across all departments. “They played exceptionally in all departments,” he said. “Unfortunately, we could not win. It is what it is.” He highlighted the missed opportunities as the turning point, acknowledging that goals ultimately decide the outcome.

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Pep Guardiola, Manchester City Manager, reacts on the sideline after Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City misses an opportunity at goal in the UEFA Champions League second leg quarter-final match between Manchester City and Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England. Wednesday 17th April 2024. (Photo by Jon Super/action press)

Moving Forward

This loss adds another layer of disappointment to City’s penalty shootout woes, having already faced defeat against Arsenal and victory over Sevilla earlier this season. However, Guardiola believes his team deserved more from the match itself.

Focus on the Future

Looking ahead, Guardiola remains optimistic. “The performance and commitment was exceptional,” he concluded. While the Champions League dream is over for now, City will strive to learn from this experience and return stronger next season. It is not game over yet.

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