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Pep Guardiola reveals how Man Metropolis want to enhance forward of Champions League semi-final second leg

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Pep Guardiola was visibly drained after watching his Manchester Metropolis facet eke out a 1-1 draw away to Champions League holders Actual Madrid within the first leg of their semi-final within the competitors on Tuesday, stating that his group have to study to ‘defend higher and assault higher’.

Kevin De Bruyne cancelled out Vinicius Junior’s spectacular opening objective with a devastating blast of his personal halfway via the second half. Metropolis began on high however Eduardo Camavinga breezed via the guests’ press earlier than laying the ball off for Vinicius’ scorcher.

After a minimalistic opening 45 minutes, Madrid turned extra expansive after the break, stroking the ball round just for De Bruyne to pierce the hosts’ ascendancy. Each groups reconvene for the second leg on the Etihad on Wednesday 17 Might.

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Guardiola succinctly summed up the competition with one line when chatting with BT Sport: “After we have been higher they rating, after they have been higher we rating.”

The breathless Catalan coach continued: “It was a decent, tight recreation, Bernabeu semi-final is all the time troublesome. We had good moments however generally it was troublesome with the standard they’ve with the ball. However yeah, 1-1, it’s a remaining subsequent Wednesday with our folks subsequent week.”

“We begin very well within the second half as nicely,” Guardiola insisted. “5, ten minutes, then after they received the sport, we couldn’t take it. They make a whole lot of passes, they put a whole lot of gamers on the left facet, they’re actually, actually good there. However after we make a improbable objective from Kevin and we had some good moments. Then on the finish in addition they have a number of possibilities. It was a decent, tight recreation.”

Carlo Ancelotti’s facet have struggled to stay with Barcelona within the race for La Liga however stay a drive to be reckoned with within the competitors that Actual Madrid have gained a file 14 occasions. “it’s so demanding,” Guardiola gushed.

“TThey are so good, they’ve expertise and high quality. However now we journey to Manchester and we’ll see what we are able to do higher. We you play these sorts of video games it is like a playoff, so the second [leg] you study rather a lot from the primary, hopefully we are able to study to defend higher and assault higher.”

Outdoors of a handful of fleeting sights of objective within the first half, Erling Haaland was saved on the peripheries of the competition. Guardiola defined how Madrid muzzled the ahead with 51 targets to his identify this season. “The space between the central defenders and the full-backs was occupied for attacking midfielders, for [Luka] Modric, for Toni Kroos, for [Fede] Valverde. So there was a twin central defender near Erling, it was not simple for him.”


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