Guardiola has “no regrets” after Champions League exit

Guardiola has “no regrets” after Champions League exit

Pep Guardiola says he has “no regrets” after his side were knocked out the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool.

City were beaten by Jurgen Klopp’s men for the second time in the space of a week last night, with goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino sealing a 2-1 victory for the visitors.

Liverpool went into yesterday’s fixture with a 3-0 advantage from the first leg, and their 5-1 aggregate victory saw them progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in a decade.

Yet while the defeat may have ended Pep Guardiola’s dream of a European and domestic treble, the Spaniard says he has no regrets and insists his side will be back and better next season.

“I don’t have regrets,” Pep said.

“We started really well at Anfield but we conceded two fast goals and today in the first half we did everything right, we took a lot of risks with three at the back and lots of players in front.

“We created chances, but of course it’s not easy because they had ten players behind. We controlled perfectly their counter attack apart from conceding the last action from [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“To recover three goals is not easy. We scored one but weren’t able to score more. We were beaten by an exceptional team.

“Last season it was the round of 16, this season it’s the quarter finals, hopefully next season we can go to the semi-finals.”

Wedged between the back-to-back defeats against Liverpool was another loss at the hands of rivals Manchester United, who prevented City winning the Premier League title at the weekend with a shock 3-2 victory.

One bad week however should not overshadow what has been a brilliant season at the club, says Guardiola.

“Over the course of 11 months you have ups and downs,” he added, “I was today with my chairman. I saw the body language of my players. You won’t find a team who can keep the same momentum, the same rhythm, the same pace with this amount of games. It’s almost impossible.

“We lost against Liverpool, against United and against Liverpool. I have to analyse what we’ve done in 10 months and I think it’s quite good.”