Two days after losing to Real Madrid (3-1 then) in the Champions League semi-final second leg, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola is still convinced that his team does not lack personality at the Bernabeu. He ensures that this cruel failure will serve his team in the future.
Pep Guardiola has not yet said anything to his players: “We didn’t talk”, The Manconian coach said on Friday during a press conference, two days before Sunday’s Premier League match against Newcastle. “No words can describe how we all feel. Football is unpredictable. We’ve seen that.”
Despite this failure on the eve of the final, the former Barcelona midfielder and coach does not understand the criticism aimed at his team: “This club… That’s how I feel, maybe I’m wrong, I didn’t invest in these great facilities, in players, like so many other clubs, to rest in our work last season.
The goal is not only to win the Champions League. They did it to be present in every season and in all competitions and to be always in the game.
The Champions League is not the only goal. We want to win it. I may not be good enough to help the team do that. Nobody knows what another manager will do.”
To follow up: “We were close but not close enough. The team that reached the final deserved it. We will try again next season. Very difficult. The teams are talented. Look at the teams that were eliminated in the eighth quarter in the chicken. They are talented, but they weren’t in the half. Final.
Pep Guardiola says he is incomplete disagreement With those who say City Run is a failure. “The experience in Madrid will help this club, this team. People don’t realize it, but I’m telling you it will help.”
The Catalan also turns away when we talk about a mental issue, especially with Jack Grealish’s chance missed at the end of the match: “There was no time for mental bankruptcy. There was no time for breakdown. It’s football. You have to accept it.
Real has done it a few times and people are talking about a lack of character. What is the lack of personality? What if Grealish scored 2-0 who would have talked about the character?
Guardiola is still reeling, knowing that his players will not be able to forget this sad evening at the Bernabéu: “We will play against Newcastle and we are thinking of going back to this match for sure.” It warns.
Four days after the end of the tournament, City are leading by one point over Liverpool, who will host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening.