Not a loser anymore? Manchester City marked a big V yesterday (Friday) when they defeated Real Madrid 1: 2 (2: 4 in total) in the quarterfinals of the Champions League and advanced to the quarterfinals. On paper, also awaits her a very comfortable opponent named – Lyon, who ousted Juventus.
In England the coach was praised Pep Guardiola, Who said after the match: “I am more than satisfied. The players will come to Portugal with the aim of making the next step in the Champions League. We know exactly which group we rejected. More than we deserve to go up to the next level. We want to win the Champions League. I talked to people from our scouting department about Lyon. We have eight days to prepare, and we will do it properly. ”
Pep became the first coach ever to oust Zinedine Zidane in the knockout stages of the Champions League. In all the previous times the Frenchman coached in the Champions League – he also won the factory. “You can understand why he was never fired,” Guadiola complimented. “He instills calm in the players, he has a special personality.”
By the way, at the end, while all the players were already down the grass sale, Pep and Zidane stayed on him and talked for a few minutes. What? We probably won’t know, but the media was of course interested and Guardiola’s answer was: “I congratulated him on the Spanish championship. I asked him how he was and nothing more. I hope that one day we will sit down to dinner and we will be able to talk properly. ”
Manchester City were undoubtedly better yesterday than Real Madrid, but the victory came a lot thanks to two huge mistakes by the Blancos’ stopper – Rafael Varane. The Frenchman made big mistakes that led to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling, and the latter revealed that the game plan was to put pressure on the defensive players and bring about their mistakes while captain Sergio Ramos was sent off and not playing.
“We tried to pressure them and I think the plan worked,” he said Sterling. “Thanks to this pressure we created two goals. We have excellent players and we are not inferior to any team. Our energies were very high in the game. “What made the difference and won the game for us was who ran more and who wanted more – and in those two parameters we won and it worked for us.”