Pep Guardiola praises the attitude of his side of Manchester City, but warns that the Real Madrid draw is ‘not over’
‘We played with a good personality. I am so proud ‘: Pep Guardiola praises the attitude of his side of Manchester City, but warns that the Champions League final-16 draw with Real Madrid is’ not over’
Pep Guardiola greeted the character of Manchester City after winning one of the biggest European victories at the club in Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne both scored 12 minutes in a dramatic final to shock the Bernabeu in silence after the La Liga giants had taken a surprising lead.
Guardiola was exuberant in praising his team, who are now favorites to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals for the second leg of next month.
Pep Guardiola gave the thumbs up for the view of Manchester City against Real Madrid
“I am happy for the win, but we also played with a good personality for the execution,” Guardiola said. ‘I am so proud. But it is only the first step. It is not over yet. Enjoy the moment and be calm.
“This club only has one semi-final in the Champions League, we won nothing. Winning at the Bernabeu is a great satisfaction for us.
‘We are not used to doing these things and hope that in the future it will help us to believe in ourselves.
‘We cannot determine what happens outside the field. The players want to do it. It is not easy, the club lives with opinions from outside.
‘We can only play well and win games. Hopefully the board can convince UEFA that we have done nice things and not wrong things. “
Kevin De Bruyne scored the decisive goal, as City came down 1-0 and defeated Real 2-1
The city manager shocked many by changing his formation, four across midfield, Jesus on the left wing and De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva as strikers. His tweaks saw City dominate much of the night after he drilled the players on how Real would attack the entire week.
“I think sometimes there are some surprises in the four years with Pep,” De Bruyne said. “Sometimes players are not told what to do until the game.
“Some parts were good, some lesser moments, but in a quality game like this you will sometimes struggle, but we fought well.”
Guardiola has warned City side against complacency prior to the last 16 second leg in March
Guardiola added: “I may give the players too much information, but I must study teams. We had 10 days off in England and I watched most Real games (available). “
The celebrations of the city were tempered by a muscle injury sustained by Aymeric Laporte, who bumped away for the rest. “It’s a problem after months of return to this demanding game,” Guardiola said. ‘Unfortunately we suffered a lot in this department this season. We will continue with what we have until the end. “
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said: ‘What bothers me is how the game changed, the mistakes we had at the end are painful. We didn’t deserve that, but it’s football and you have to be focused for 90 minutes. “