Pep Guardiola: We will have no chances against Real Madrid if we play how we did tonight


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists that he didn’t criticize Atletico Madrid’s approach to their Champions League quarter-final tie.

City edged their way into the semi-finals after a heated affair at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday night, and Guardiola was at the center of a lot of attention.

“Make no mistake, I didn’t criticize Atletico,” Guardiola said after the game. “I said that it’s always difficult to attack against a team that defends very well.

“I didn’t expect anything else from Atletico, I said it in the press conference, it was a completely different game.”

City were criticized for their time-wasting tactics on the night, which got under the skin of Atletico Madrid, but Guardiola played things down when he was asked about his side’s antics.

“There were throw-ins,” Guardiola said. “We tried to take them. We didn’t know what to do and it was a back and forth…. That’s all there was to it.”

Now, Manchester City faces Madrid’s other side – Real Madrid – in the Champions League semi-finals, and Guardiola is expecting another serious test of his team’s credentials against the 13-time champions.

“The kings of the competition,” Guardiola said, asked about the semi-final. “It was always going to be only a matter of time before it was complicated.

“It’s our third semi-final of the competition. If we play as we did in the second half we won’t have a chance. We’ll try to play like we did in Manchester and at times in the first half here.

“We came here from a game with no time to prepare for this one. They [Atleti] were very good. It was very difficult. We’ve held on.”

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