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Real Madrid v Man City: Manuel Pellegrini has no Regrets after Knockout

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said he had no regrets after his side’s Champions League semi-final defeat by Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.


Pellegrini’s side had just one shot on target in the Spanish capital.

Asked if he regretted his team’s approach to the game, the Chilean said: "No. I think we worked very well."

Pellegrini felt his side did not deserve to lose and said the hosts were "very lucky" with the deflection that gave them their goal.

He added: "Real Madrid could not create chances, but after that work you have to create and have players who can do work in the final third but we couldn’t."

Gareth Bale’s cross deflected off Fernando to give Real a 1-0 aggregate victory and set up an all-Madrid final with Atletico in Milan on 28 May.

Bale celebrates after what he thought was his first Champions League goal of the season, but it was later given as an own goal.

Real dominated for much of the game and had 15 shots on goal, five of which were on target.

City rarely troubled the hosts, going closest when Fernando hit the outside of the post, while Sergio Aguero’s late long-range shot landed on the roof of the net.

Kompany concern for City.

City captain Vincent Kompany was substituted with a suspected groin injury in the 10th minute.

The Belgium defender, 29, has started just 14 games in the Premier League this season.

Pellegrini said: "It is not the best way to start a game.

"However, I don’t think we had a problem defending with or without Vincent.

"We recovered the ball well, we tried to press high and did it but you have to make the difference with the ball."

Pellegrini added he expects to know more about Kompany’s injury on Thursday.

’A special season’

This was the first time City had reached the last four of the Champions League but they must now switch their focus to trying to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

City is fourth, four points ahead of Manchester United, who have three games remaining to their rivals’ two.

"It has been a special season because we reached the semi-final," said Pellegrini, who will be replaced by Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola this summer.

"It was a very close game but we must finish now in the domestic game to try and qualify for the Champions League again."

City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who made a number of excellent saves in both legs of the semi-final, believes the club will learn from the experience.

He said: "There’s not a lot we can take from this game but in the Champions League this season we have grown and shown some good moments and we have to take that into next year.

"It’s not a proud moment losing a semi-final when we like to think we could have done a lot better. But we didn’t and we are out."

Real Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Isco takes on Bacary Sagna as the home side took control of the second leg.

Sergio Aguero looks to get a shot away, but is blocked by Pepe, during what was a rare early attack for the visiting side.

Bale is mobbed by his Real Madrid team-mates Dani Carvajal and Luka Modric after playing a crucial part in the tie’s only goal.

Sergio Ramos thought he had doubled Real’s advantage when he poked past Hart, but Pepe had already been adjudged offside.

Cristiano Ronaldo, back in the Real Madrid side after missing the first leg through injury, controls the ball in the City half.

Jesus Navas skips past Isco, but City’s Spanish winger was unable to produce a telling cross after beating his man.

Nicolas Otamendi tries to hold off Ronaldo, who feels the full force of the Argentinian defender’s elbow during the tussle for the ball.

Germany star Toni Kroos swings over a dangerous Real Madrid free kick as the home side pushed for a second goal to wrap up the tie.

Real Madrid gave City their hats and coats, shook hands, thanked them for coming, sent them on their way - now they face Atletico.

Fernandinho clears the ball from danger acrobatically with Otamendi, Fernando and De Bruyne watching on during the semi-final.

Ronaldo shared this picture of the Real squad and backroom staff celebrating in the dressing room after the game.

By Robert Muriisa.

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