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Pep Guardiola and Manchester City also fail in the sixth attempt in the Premier League. And this time, Guardiola did not even have to train himself. But how could this happen? And what should the local rival’s former coach do? The most important questions and answers about the semi-final against Real Madrid.

How on earth could Manchester City lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals despite Skyblues leading 5-3 overall in the 90th minute of the second match? The explanation of Athletics is as simple as it is obvious – and it hits the nail on the head. “Real Madrid know how to win the Champions League. Manchester City do not know”.

But why is this? How could Manchester City fail again, how could coach Pep Guardiola not win the pot with Cityzens in the sixth attempt, how could the Catalan be eliminated in the semi-finals for the sixth time and do straight with his eternal opponent and opponent Jose Mourinho in this rather gruesome statistic?

Five questions about City’s traumatic exit:

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Under no circumstances. Neither in the first leg nor in the second leg. Nor can one blame the coach for experimenting too much in this semi-final against Real Madrid. The strongest eleven he had available was on the field.

And although some fans criticized Guardiola’s move in the second half – Guardiola brought in the unfortunate Jack Grealish into Gabriel Jesus and the pale Fernandinho into goal scorer Ryad Mahrez – they overlook the fact that Ilkay Gündogan, who came on the field for the noticeably weak Kevin De Bruyne, his opening Pass City’s 1-0 and otherwise had everything under control.

In the first match, Cityzens showed an incredibly fast, almost perfect game. In the end, they had less to worry about the three or four small uncertainties that Real Madrid and Karim Benzema used to score three goals than about their chances. The first match could easily have ended 7: 3.

Second match was expected tougher and City proved that patience is also possible. Of course, Real’s counter-pressure worked better than Cityzens, who unusually often lost their balls quickly after conquests; the pass rate of 83.3 percent is also quite moderate for a Guardiola team. But: City played more varied, shot more on goals (10 to 5), dribbled more often (25 to 16) and lost the ball much less frequently (73.1 percent successful dribbles). Manchester were also more successful in direct duels with 57.9 percent of the duels won.

City excelled in neither the first nor the second half, but the English played seriously and took the lead with a deliberate goal. “We controlled the game after the goal,” Guardiola said. “We found our pace and our game, and the players felt comfortable.” That substitute Jack Grealisch twice missed 2-0 and failed at Ferland Mendy and Thibaut Courtois, was mainly due to Mendy and Courtois.

Real’s 1-1 in the 90th minute through Rodrygo was played brilliantly by Eduardo Camavinga and Karim Benzema. In the second and third goals, Camavinga played a crucial role in addition to goal scorers Rodrygo and Karim Benzema – at 2-1 he won the ball and started the attack before 3-1 he played the penultimate pass before the foul on Benzema that led to the penalty. But most likely the result after 1-1 was inevitable. And though not: what should a coach do when his players are eaten up by the opponent on the field?

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Guardiola tried a psychological approach in his analysis. “Real Madrid players have experienced something like this before. We have not experienced it,” said the coach of Real’s incredible comeback, which turned the series around for the third time in this year’s knockout stages. “We knew what they had done before and they did it against us too. When we were really good, they just turned things around,” Guardiola said.

In fact, his team lacked momentum in both games. City always moved forward, but Real always fought back. Eventually, Guardiola’s team collapsed and conceded three goals in six minutes.

In 2020, two goals were conceded in eight minutes in 1: 3 against Olympique Lyon, in 2019 against Tottenham Hotspur in the second half two goals in four minutes, in 2018 in the quarter-final against Liverpool there were three goals in 19 minutes.

Even during his time at FC Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola had to experience at least once how his team collapsed in a match they actually controlled: In his second year, he lost the semi-final first match at his former club, FC Barcelona, with three goals conceded. in the last quarter with 0: 3.

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