Pep Guardiola on revenge: If you want to win the Champions League you have to beat Real Madrid.

By Xorkpe Sosu 3 Min Read

Manchester City booked their spot in the Champions League semi-finals after a 4-1 aggregate victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

After missing a penalty earlier in the match, Erling Haaland secured the win for his team by scoring in the 57th minute at the Allianz Arena.

The Germans managed to get a late goal back through Joshua Kimmich’s penalty, but it wasn’t enough to change the result.

The draw now sets up a rematch of last year’s fixture against Real Madrid, which saw an impressive 11 goals over two games.


For Pep Guardiola, this will be an opportunity to overcome past defeats against Real Madrid, while the pressure will be off the Spanish giants.

Despite this, Guardiola expressed satisfaction with his players’ performance against Bayern.

“We struggled in the first half and 4-1 doesn’t show the two games. Fortunately, they missed their chances.”


“We defended well and in the second half we were much better. The only regret is we didn’t have more sequences of passes. You have to have more passes against a team of that quality.”

Despite having been heavily criticised over the last decade for his struggles in the Champions League, the Manchester City manager is now presented with an opportunity to prove himself against one of the tournament’s most successful teams – Real Madrid.

“All the teams have the feeling that if you want to win the Champions League you have to beat Real Madrid. Before it was Barca and now it’s Madrid,” Guardiola told Sport, admitting the changing of the guard.

Midfielder Bernardo Silva shared his thoughts on the upcoming match, expressing Manchester City’s desire for revenge against Real Madrid.

“We always go for it but we feel the team is very, very confident at the minute. I think we are going through,” Silva told BT Sport.


The winner of the tie will be a strong contender for the competition, as they will face an Italian team (Milan or Inter) in the final, which hasn’t happened in 12 years. Overall, it looks like an exciting prospect.


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