Kevin De Bruyne produced a goal and an assist as Manchester City came back from a goal down on Wednesday night to beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu to put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals. However, City’s manager Pep Guardiola says is far from over.
“I am so proud of course but it is just the first step, we have another game, it is not over. So be calm, enjoy it, enjoy the moment, have a good dinner, good regeneration. Zidane is going to look at what we’ve done and will adapt for the second leg,” said Guardiola.
“It’s just the first part, it’s not three points. If one team can overcome this situation, for experience, for everything, it is this club, but of course, it is a good result,” Guardiola told BT Sport.
“On Sunday we have a final, keep going in the Premier League and prepare the second game against Madrid.”
As it looked liked Madrid would edge out City after Isco found the back of the net early in the second half, Gabriel Jesus hit the equaliser from a De Bruyne assist in the 78th minute.
With 7 minutes left on the clock, De Bruyne completed City’s dramatic comeback when he put away a penalty in the 83rd minute won by Raheem Sterling as he was fouled in the box.
Madrid will be without their captain Sergio Ramos in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium on March 17 as he received a red card for preventing Jesus from going clear.
Meanwhile, Juventus suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Lyon in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Groupama Stadium in France on Wednesday. It was Lucas Tousart goal that handed Lyon a surprise 1-0 win over.
“We didn’t do enough given this was a Champions League match but fortunately we still have 90 minutes to turn it around, “said Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri
“In the first half, it was not the Juve that we know. We didn’t get going in attack. I am struggling to understand certain things,” said Sarri.
By FARPost Reporter