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Guardiola: There are no words to relieve the pain of defeat against Real Madrid

Guardiola: There are no words to relieve the pain of defeat against Real Madrid

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday there were no words to relieve the pain of the Champions League semi-final defeat by Real Madrid but that City would seek compensation against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Spanish coach told reporters that he had not spoken to his players since Real’s stunning comeback in the second leg last Wednesday in Madrid.

The English team was leading 1-0 until substitute Rodrigo equalized for Real Madrid in the last minute and then added the second goal a minute later.

Karim Benzema completed the uprising with a penalty in overtime as Real Madrid won 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu and 6-5 on aggregate.

Real Madrid will meet Liverpool in the final in Paris.

When asked what he had said to his players since the defeat, Guardiola replied, “Nothing. We did not talk, there are no words to relieve what we all feel, but time heals the wounds. We will try to sleep as best as possible and think of a new goal.”

Guardiola said his team’s focus on the league title will remain the same, adding that he will speak to the players on Saturday about the team’s character, achievements and great performances throughout the season.

However, he said he did not know if the current group of players could win the Champions League or if he would be the coach who would.

“Maybe I’m not good enough to help the team do that. Nobody knows what would have happened with other players or coaches. For us, it’s a great honor to be there as much as possible in all competitions.”

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City are one point ahead of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, but they may be behind in the standings when they play on Sunday, as Liverpool hosts Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Guardiola said: “Players should not forget (the loss to Real Madrid). How can they forget it? We will play Newcastle, but thinking about what happened against Real will definitely not stop. I know the players through training sessions, meetings and warm-ups and I trust their commitment. I have no Doubt that.”

Guardiola denied that success in the Champions League is the main focus of the club’s owners’ thinking.

“The club didn’t ask me (to win) anything,” he said. “They told me to play my best and compete with all the teams in England and all the teams in Europe, it’s completely different from what most people think.”