Manchester City’s dream of second successive treble shattered by resilient Real Madrid

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Pep Guardiola. Source: Goal.com

18th April 2024 – (Manchester) In a Champions League quarter-final showdown, Manchester City’s aspirations of achieving a historic second successive treble were dashed by a determined Real Madrid. Despite dominating the game, City fell short in a penalty shootout at Etihad Stadium, allowing Madrid to secure a spot in the semi-finals against Bayern Munich. This outcome serves as sweet revenge for the Spanish side after City eliminated them in last year’s semis en route to their first Champions League title.

Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, showed grace in defeat, praising Real Madrid’s deep defensive strategy and unwavering solidarity. He expressed no regrets about his team’s performance, highlighting their exceptional play in both attacking and defensive aspects. Despite firing 33 shots and earning 18 corners compared to Madrid’s eight shots and one corner, City couldn’t capitalise on their dominance.

The tie ended 1-1 on the night and 4-4 on aggregate, with a missed penalty by Luka Modric initially giving City the advantage. However, Bernardo Silva’s failed attempt and successful penalties by Madrid’s Nacho and Antonio Ruediger turned the tide in Madrid’s favour.

Carlo Ancelotti, the Real Madrid manager, commended Guardiola for his sportsmanship and graciousness in defeat. Despite the heartbreak, Manchester City fans serenaded their team off the pitch, recognizing their exceptional performance.

City must now regroup as they shift their focus to the upcoming FA Cup semi-finals against Chelsea at Wembley. Guardiola acknowledged the disappointment but emphasized the need to bounce back and compete to the best of their abilities.

With a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League and six games remaining, Manchester City remains determined to secure further success in their quest for another title.