Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti reveals message from 'gentleman' Pep Guardiola after dramatic Man City win

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti reveals message from 'gentleman' Pep Guardiola after dramatic Man City win

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 18/04/2024

- 08:30

Los Blancos are now through to the semi-finals of the Champions League

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has opened up on what Pep Guardiola said to him following his side's Champions League win over Manchester City on Wednesday night.

Los Blancos won 4-3 on penalties after Bernardo Silva and Mateo Kovacic fluffed their lines from 12 yards.

Real had taken an early lead through Rodyrgo, who netted in the 12th minute to send the away fans wild.

But City forced extra-time after Kevin De Bruyne struck in the 76th minute.

Real Madrid Carlo Ancelotti Pep Guardiola Man City

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has praised 'gentleman' Pep Guardiola after his side's Champions League win over Man City


City were superior to Real on the night, possessing more of the ball and creating more shots than their rivals.

But Guardiola showed class by embracing Ancelotti at full time, despite the Spaniard seeing his side's hopes of treble glory go up in smoke.

And the Italian, speaking to Movistar, has now revealed Guardiola classily congratulated his team and wished them all the best for the rest of the tournament.

"We started well, went ahead and then we had to fight to survive, we had to suffer," he said.

"City had control because we defended too deep.

"By the time the penalty shootout came, we were totally convinced we'd go through.

"This is about the only way you can come to City and win.

"You work, sacrifice and win however you can. Pep Guardiola is a gentleman, always has been.

"He congratulated us, wished us good luck and that's what a real gent does.

"We defended really, really well tonight. This was about survival.

"Madrid is a club based on always fighting to stay in situations where there seems to be no way out – but we always find a way."

Real star Jude Bellingham also spoke out after the result.

And the England international admitted he was delighted with the result, having kept his cool amid the chaos at the Etihad Stadium.

"It's relief. You put so much into the game," he said.

"I've played against City before and they snatch it away from you. I was pretty much dead on my feet at the end.


Real Madrid Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid players were delighted after their Champions League win over Man City


"It's so difficult. They are continuously probing with the ball and move you around.

"Most teams would fall apart when City get on top of you but we stood up really well.

"I could never dream of how it started [his time at Real], just the feeling you get playing for the club - getting to put the badge on your chest. Long may it continue. Hopefully more nights like this.

"Our biggest strength is he [Carlo Ancelotti] finds a way to let a lot of boys play with freedom.

"We're so off the cuff. As a man he fills you with calmness and confidence. I caught him yawning and he said to go out and excite him.

Real Madrid Jude Bellingham

Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham said he was proud of his team after their Champions League victory over Man City


"You have to see it as a responsibility not a pressure if you want to play for a team like Real Madrid.

"Today it came down to mentality.

"It's beautiful. My brother is here today, the first time he's seen me play for Madrid."

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