Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has ruled out the possibility of reaching the Champions League final after a 4-3 win over Real Madrid in less than 90 minutes after a 4-3 win over Real Madrid.
Manchester City took a 2-0 lead in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday thanks to goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesse.
It felt more possible, but every time Guardiola's side threatened to break the relegation zone, Madrid scored again.
With Casimiro set to return to Madrid, Guardiola has insisted that Manchester City will do their best to reach the final in Paris in May.
If the result is 2-0 or 3-0, you have to go to Bernabeu and play well. In the second half, we will not win if we play like that. Guardiola said.
"If we play like we did at other times, we want to be there for a good game. This is what I want to say to my players. Do not think of anything else.
"When I became a footballer and a manager, when I got to Bernabeu you had no choice but to perform or win. You have to go through these situations to win the Champions League."
Manchester City were similarly weak in the second leg of the quarter-finals, winning just one goal against Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano.
They still have control over the game and can still decide the match against Los Blancos. In the first half, Guardiola, who was furious with Phil Foden, highlighted one of Riyad Mahrez's angry threats, highlighting betting and playing margins.
The 51-year-old midfielder was a little relieved to have been offered such a role at Manchester City, but admitted that he needed to understand such opportunities at Bernabeu.
"We miss them, but we created them," he said. "We have been there all the time. There is nothing to complain about the results and the performance. We are proud of our ability in front of the world.
"We do not have the ball. I did everything to be brave and win.
"The ball is the ball, the result is the result, but our performance is unique. No one can say we are not doing well. We know we have to upgrade to reach the final, but this game demands it. In the end it is possible. We have to change our creative opportunities."
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