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I’m not stupid.. some praise is contempt!

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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola was relieved that his team survived the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, but his words of praise for Diego Simeone were not convincing.

City held out for a 0-0 draw in the second leg and qualified for the semi-finals thanks to a 1-0 victory in the first leg.

Guardiola praised Atletico’s performance in the second half when he pushed hard for a goal that would have taken the match into overtime.

“(Atletico) forced us to retreat to defend,” Guardiola said. “It was as if we forgot how to play, but it was well deserved by Atletico. Today we celebrate qualification, but with our performance today, we could have said goodbye.”

The Spanish coach blamed his team’s busy schedule and this weekend’s league clash with Liverpool on City’s lack of intensity in the second half.

“We came from a difficult game, we didn’t have time to prepare for this game,” Guardiola said. “I have great respect for Atletico. He can play the way he wants, I have never criticized Atletico’s style and what Diego Simeone does, he knows how to do it more than anyone else in the world.” “.

But Atletico coach Simeone was not convinced of Guardiola’s sincerity.

“I have no reason to express an opinion on what someone says, whether it is good or bad,” the Argentine coach said at the press conference. “Smart people who can express words of praise can despise you. But we are not stupid.” “I’m clear about our pride in who we are and how we compete. I would love to see those who win apply our style, because it shows once again that the important thing is to win.”

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City qualified to face Real Madrid, the 13-time European champion, who knocked out defending champion Chelsea.

“Real Madrid is the king of the Champions League, and I’m looking forward to playing it,” Guardiola told reporters.

He added, “We have reached the semi-finals for the third time in our history and the second in a row, but if we play as we did in the second half against Atletico, we will not have a chance against Real Madrid.”

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