Pep Guardiola explains Kevin De Bruyne row after Manchester City thrash Real Madrid to reach Champions League final


Pep Guardiola admits he was unhappy with Kevin De Bruyne’s failure to keep possession in Manchester City’s 4-0 win over Real Madrid in their Champions League semi final on Wednesday evening.

City delivered a dominant display against Madrid at the Etihad Stadium to secure their place in the Champions League final where they will play Inter on June 10.

Two first-half goals from Bernardo Silva handed City a deserved lead, while a late double from Manuel Akanji and Julian Alvarez completed the victory for Guardiola’s side.

Madrid improved after the break and although they still barely troubled City, an anxious Guardiola was seen losing his cool with De Bruyne on the touchline when the Belgian lost the ball at one point in the second half.

Television cameras caught Guardiola telling De Bruyne to pass the ball and City’s talisman screamed ‘shut up, shut up’ at his manager after losing possession.

‘At 2-0 we rushed a lot,’ Guardiola told Spanish broadcaster Movistar after the City’s win.

‘Right after the break [Ilkay] Gundogan lost a ball, Kevin made three transitions that weren’t necessary and we rushed a lot when we had to do the opposite, sink them and turn them, sink them and turn them.

‘But it’s normal. It gets close, you rush, and it has cost us more, although in general we have had an extraordinary game.’

Guardiola also reserved praise for Rodri, who impressed once again at the heart of City’s midfield.

‘What a year,’ Guardiola said.

‘Everyone is talking about pep-and-de-bruyne.webp, but without him [Rodri] this would not have been possible.

‘He has become the best midfielder we have, it has been an imperial year. We are very happy, very much.’


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