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Pep Guardiola vows that Manchester City will rise after shock UCL exit

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has vowed that they would recover from their Champions League defeat at the Bernabeu Stadium. City were on the verge of returning to the final on Wednesday night, with a 1-0 lead – and a 5-3 aggregate advantage – against Real Madrid in the second leg of their semi-final. Yet, the Premier League leaders were forced into extra time as Rodrygo scored twice with 90 minutes remaining. With City still reeling, Karim Benzema scored from the penalty spot to put Real ahead for the first time in the two matches.

The Spanish giants held on for a thrilling 3-1 victory on the night and a 6-5 aggregate victory to advance to the final against Liverpool in Paris. City must now rapidly recover from this humiliating defeat before the battle for the Premier League title begins this weekend. Guardiola’s team, who face Newcastle on Sunday, have no margin for error with four games remaining, since Liverpool are only a point behind them.

Pep Guardiola said:

“We need time now, one or two days, but we will rise. We have to do it (and) with our people (we will).

“The players gave everything. We were so close and we could not do it.”

 “There is a long history in sport of this kind of situation happening when you arrive at the end, 10 or 15 minutes left, and you are absolutely being dominated with the opponent creating a lot of problems. But that didn’t happen.

“Then they found it, and a minute later another one. With their people supporting it was difficult and after the penalty made the difference.”

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