Manchester Metropolis coach Pep Guardiola was relieved that his group survived a nerve-wracking Champions League second leg with Atletico Madrid, however his phrases of reward for the Spanish facet didn’t go down properly with reverse quantity Diego Simeone.
Metropolis held on to attract their last-eight conflict 0-0 to achieve the semi-finals 1-0 on mixture.
Guardiola praised Atletico for an ideal second-half once they got here on sturdy towards Metropolis and pushed onerous for a purpose that will have taken the sport to additional time.
“They put us with our again towards the wall,” Guardiola mentioned.
“It was like we’ve forgotten how you can play, but it surely was all their advantage. At the moment we’re celebrating getting by way of, however by the second half we had, we simply may very well be eradicated.”
The Man Metropolis boss blamed the fixture calendar and final weekend’s Premier League match towards title rivals Liverpool for his or her lack of depth within the second half.
“We got here from a tough sport on the weekend with no time to organize to this one,” Guardiola mentioned.
“I’ve numerous respect for Atletico. They’ve numerous advantage in what they do. They’ll play how they need, I’ve by no means criticised Atletico’s sport and what Diego Simeone does he is aware of how you can do like no person else on the earth.”
Atletico boss Simeone, nevertheless, was not satisfied that Guardiola was being honest.
“I’ve no cause to present an opinion about what somebody says, good or dangerous. Very clever individuals with an ideal lexicon can, with phrases of reward, despise you. However we which have a lesser lexicon aren’t silly,” Simeone advised a information convention.
“I’m clear that we’re happy with who we’re, of how we compete. And I really like seeing those that win celebrating it, as a result of it exhibits as soon as once more that the vital factor is to win.”
Man Metropolis now will face the 13 occasions winners Actual Madrid after they eradicated holders Chelsea.
“They’re the Champions League kings, I’m trying ahead to it,” Guardiola advised reporters.
“It’s the third Champions League semi-final in our historical past and the second in a row, but when we play like we did within the second half towards Atletico, overlook it. We gained’t have something to do towards Actual.”