Published: Thu, February 27, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

'It's not over,' Guardiola warns City after Madrid win

'It's not over,' Guardiola warns City after Madrid win

Kevin de Bruyne (right) celebrates scoring a winning penalty as Manchester City beat Real Madrid 2-1 on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Former Manchester City goalkeeper, Joe Hart has questioned the club's manager, Pep Guardiola's tactical approach after the Premier League champions defeated Real Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabeu in their Champions League last-16 first-leg clash on Wednesday.

But the wheels came off during a frantic final half-hour, and after Gabriel Jesus equalised, Kevin De Bruyne scored a second from the spot. Sergio Aguero missed a penalty in the first half but - with a capacity 53,039 crowd supplying arguably the best European atmosphere seen at the Etihad Stadium - the Belgium global struck with 15 minutes remaining.

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"It has been a very clear foul and I don't understand why he hasn't called it".

Madrid had appeared in control courtesy of Isco's opener on the hour-mark, only to collapse late. "In a quality game like this, you're going to struggle sometimes, but I thought we really fought really well together".

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"[Zinedine] Zidane will look at what we've done, and the second leg will be different".

Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane also refused to throw in the towel afterwards, despite his side having a European mountain to climb at the Etihad Stadium.

Jesus headed in a vital away goal after fine work from De Bruyne on the left before Sterling, on as substitute in the 73rd minute, ran at Dani Carvajal and was brought down in the penalty area.

"If one team can overcome this situation, for experience, for everything, it is this club, but of course it is a good result", Guardiola told BT Sport.

"In the end we knew for the last 20-30 minutes, Raheem is so fast too". "He said to us he could have played against West Ham and Leicester but the doctor said to be careful with a muscular injury that (usually takes) three weeks or one month". In 10 minutes, we lost the game. Madrid's success has certainly been due in part to the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo but City have perhaps boasted an even better all-round collection of players and their excellence in England points to a club well-equipped to excel in Europe.

"And when they return in three years perhaps they will want to win more than ever".

"We needed 10 more minutes of concentration in a very hard match and, in the end, we paid for it".

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