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The footballers of the English club Manchester City did not manage to make it to the finals of the millionaire competition of the Champions League 2021/2022.


05.05.2022 15:16

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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola reassures Oleksandr Zincenko.

Guardiola experienced the sixth semifinal disappointment in his coaching career

The coach of “The Citizens” Pep Guardiola will again not fulfill the greatest wishes of the rich owners of the club and will not reach the “eared trophy” again.

After a year, the City footballers were very close to the next final, because in the 90th minute they led 1-0 at the home of Real Madrid on Wednesday and the opponent needed two precise hits in order to force at least an extra time. The “White Ballet” succeeded, adding a promotion goal in extra time.

Rodrygo celebrates Real Madrid's equalizer.

Jack Grealish and Ilkay Gündogan from Manchester City.

“We were close, really close,” said the disappointed Guardiola.

“I have already experienced a lot of really hard defeats. For example, with Barcelona against FC Chelsea, when it was also the final of the Champions League. But yes, even now it is a severe blow, I will not deny it, “he added.

The 51-year-old Spanish helmsman has been working in Manchester City for six seasons. With a staff full of stars and funding from Arab owners, he has never won the coveted title in LM.

Although Guardiola twice won the competition on the bench of FC Barcelona, ​​he has already been eliminated six times in his semifinals in his career. Only his eternal rival, the Portuguese José Mourinho, has the same number of semi-final failures.

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“This was not our best match. In the semifinals, the players feel the pressure. Football is unpredictable, it’s a game, such a turn has happened many times in history, “said Guardiola.

One of the richest clubs in the world this season, in addition to the Champions League, remained in front of the gates of the FA Cup final and did not succeed in the League Cup either. The only title that Manchester City footballers can still win is the league.

In the Premier League, “The Citizens” are at the top and four pre-season matches are one point ahead of Liverpool FC. “We need some time, a day or two. We have to deal with this loss and come back again, “said the 51-year-old coach, according to the website of The Guardian.

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Same as Spartacus

The official Spartak Moscow account on Twitter has repeatedly commented on current events in the football world. His admin couldn’t resist this time either and dug into Manchester City.

“We can confirm that we have the same number of trophies in the Champions League as Manchester City,” the Russian club said after calling football “the most amazing sport in the world.”

Heroic turnaround, sounds from the media

Marca (Šp.): “Real Madrid has made a heroic turn in football history.”

The Sports World (Šp.): “There is no explanation for what Real Madrid is creating this season for the Champions League. In the 89th minute, the “white ballet” was on the verge of elimination.

La Vanguardia (Sp.): “The myth of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium has also engulfed Guardiola’s Manchester city.”

The Sun (Angl.): “Pep Guardiola did not learn to win big Champions League matches with his team during his six years in Manchester City. It will be very difficult for the former Barcelona coach to recover from this loss. “

Karim Benzema with teammates after the third goal to ... Photo: SITA/AP, Manu Fernandez

Karim Benzema Karim Benzema with teammates after the third goal into the Manchester City net.

Daily Mail (Angl.): “Pep’s nightmare! At the end of regular time, Real Madrid forced an extra time and started Manchester City’s way to the second final of the Champions League. “

The Team (Fr.): “Unsinkable Real.”

Gazzetta dello Sport (Tal.): “Real is writing an endless story this season in the Champions League, after a unique turn he will play in the Paris final.”

Bild (No.):“It didn’t work out again, Pep! The final opponent of Klopp’s Liverpool will be Real. “ (Czech Republic): „Real Madrid – Manchester City 3: 1. Karim Benzema sealed the sensational turnaround in the extension. “