Jack Grealish said Manchester City “feel unstoppable” after their Champions League win over Real Madrid, but Pep Guardiola disagreed, warning that “every team is unstoppable”.
City advanced to the final after a 4-0 thrashing of Real Madrid in the second leg of their semi-final, securing a 5-1 aggregate victory.
The stunning form that has seen City go 23 games unbeaten, winning their last 15 at the Etihad Stadium, has boded well for Real Madrid. Manchester City will play Inter Milan in the Champions League final in Istanbul on June 10.
Grealish, who dazzled again, said: “It’s unbelievable. Just to get to this moment is great. I don’t think many teams can do that at Real Madrid but if we all stick together and play, especially at home, we feel unstoppable.
“I saw a stat the other day about how many Champions League games we won at home compared to away, I couldn’t believe it. When we play here in front of our fans, we feel unstoppable . Even in the league, We feel that nobody can beat us. You saw what we did in Bayern Munich, Leipzig and tonight, it’s unbelievable.”
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Guardiola has now reached the Champions League final for the fourth time, with Carlo Ancelotti the only manager in European Cup history to have done so. His last appearance for City ended in defeat at Chelsea but his side are heavy favorites to beat Inter Milan in the showpiece on June 10.
Guardiola said: “This is one of the highest [results of my career], considering the opponent, Real Madrid, in the semi-final of the Champions League. We had to perform well, and we did, especially in the first half. It’s really nice.
“I have a feeling in these last days that we have a mixture of calmness and tension to play these types of games. After 10 or 15 minutes, I feel that all the pain of last season is present. It is very difficult and tough last season [against Real Madrid]when we played similar to how we play now.
“We were there and it was really difficult to lose the way we lost, we had to swallow the poison. In football, in sport, there is always another chance, and when the draw was Madrid I said, ‘yes, want I did it. ‘. Now, everyone is there. The energy we had last season after a year when the players were criticized for lack of character. We lost because of football, but now we are there. I am very happy with entire organization.
“We accepted the defeat then but, a year later, we are in the final of the Champions League. Football and life always give opportunities. You don’t give up, you have to try again. the Premier League in third time in a row, and we’ve been to two finals and one semi-final of the Champions League in three years. That’s the consistency. The level of this team. That’s an amazing detail that I’m very proud of .Every game, no matter the opponent or competition, they are serious because they are very humble.
“These guys have done these kinds of things for many years and now they get their reward. We have time to prepare for the final but now we have to prepare for Chelsea because we have to finish this. [the Premier League] as soon as possible to prepare for United [in the FA Cup final] and Inter Milan.”
When asked about Grealish’s “unstoppable” quote, Guardiola said: “I don’t like that, no. Every team can be stopped if you do what you have to do. The players feel great, but football can change from one game to Another. You have to stay calm. I want to give the players two days off, but I can’t give them one because the Premier League is there.
“We can’t extend it because Brighton and Brentford are very difficult places to go. We need to finish soon so we have a bit of time mentally to prepare for the two finals we have.”
Carra: Man City should focus on dominance
Jamie Carragher of Sky Sports spoke to CBS:
“There was only one team in English football that dominated Europe – and that was Liverpool in the late 70s and early 80s.
“Man City are about to win their third league title, nobody has won four. So in terms of English national football, they are up there with the best. at times, but never they dominated Europe. They won the Champions League, City went on to win the Champions League.
“If you talk about how good they are, this team should look, yes, get the first Champions League in a few weeks. the pitch and also the finances – they can buy who they want – it should that they will look to dominate Europe and there is only one team in English football that has done it before and that is Liverpool. And that is how high the sky is for them, that is what they should aim for.”
Man City’s remaining fixtures
May 21: Chelsea (H) – Premier League, kick-off 4pm, live on Sky Sports
May 24: Brighton (A) – Premier League, kick-off 8pm, live on Sky Sports
May 28: Brentford (A) – Premier League, kick-off 4:30pm
June 3: Manchester United (Wembley) – FA Cup Final, kick-off 3pm
June 10: Inter Milan (Istanbul) – Champions League Final, kick-off 8pm