Manchester City beat Real Madrid 4-0 in the Champions League
As it approaches the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup championships, City appears to be an unstoppable force.
Manchester City is three games away from becoming the first team to win the Premier League. And, following Wednesday’s astonishing demolition of Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals, Pep Guardiola’s march towards a treble of titles seemed unstoppable.
“We have arrived. “We can think about it, we can visualize it,” City manager Pep Guardiola said following his team’s 4-0 victory at Etihad Stadium.
Madrid’s uncontested kings of Europe were humbled after drawing the first leg 1-1, and the score line might have been considerably worse for the 14-time winners had it not been for the efforts of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
As it approaches the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup championships, City appears to be an unstoppable force. Bernardo Silva scored twice in the first half, Eder Militao committed an own goal after the break, and substitute Julian Alvarez scored in time added on to complete a 5-1 aggregate victory.
“After 10 or 15 minutes I had the feeling that all the pain we had in one season, one year, what happened last season, was there today,” Guardiola said. “It was really tough to lose the way we lose and I think we had to swallow poison. Football always gives you another chance.”
Carlo Ancelotti had described Madrid as a team with a “special power to stay alive.”
“We played against an opponent who deserved to win,” Ancelotti said. “They played with more intensity, more quality up front and they took their chances. They were better than us today, we were better last year.”