Guardiola: There are no words to ease the pain of the defeat against Real Madrid

LONDON: On Friday, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said there were no words to ease the pain of defeat in Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid, but that City would have asked for compensation against Newcastle United in Premier League on Sunday. The Spanish manager told reporters he hadn’t spoken to his players since Real’s extraordinary comeback in the second leg last Wednesday in Madrid. The English team was in 1-0 lead until substitute Rodrigo drew for Real Madrid at the last minute and then scored the second goal a minute later. Karim Benzema completed the riot with a penalty in extra time when Real Madrid won 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu and 6-5 overall. Real Madrid will meet Liverpool in final in Paris. When asked what he had said to his players after the defeat, Guardiola replied, “Nothing. We haven’t talked.” There are no words to relieve how we all feel. “But time heals wounds. We will try to sleep as much as possible and think of a new goal ”. Guardiola said his team’s focus on the Scudetto will remain the same, adding that he will speak to players on Saturday about the team’s character, results and impressive performance throughout the season. However, he said he did not know if the current group of players could win the Champions League or if he would be the manager who would do so. “Maybe I’m not good enough to help the team do that. Nobody knows what would have happened with other players or coaches. It is a great honor for us to be present as much as possible. in all competitions “. City are one point ahead of Liverpool in top of the Premier League, but may be behind in standings when he plays on Sunday, as Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. “The players shouldn’t forget (the defeat to Real Madrid),” said Guardiola. How do they forget it? “We will play against Newcastle, but thinking about what happened against Real will certainly not stop. I know the players through training, matches and warm-up and I trust their commitment. I have no doubts about this “. Guardiola denied that success in Champions League is at the heart of the owners’ thinking club. “The club he didn’t ask me (to win) anything, “he said. They asked me to play my best and compete with all the teams in England and with all the teams in Europe. “It’s completely different from what most people think.” (Reuters)