Phil Foden regrets the missed Manchester City possibilities that imply they didn’t kill off Real Madrid on the first time of asking. The Blueswill go to the Bernabeu subsequent week defending a 4-3 lead after lacking a bunch of golden alternatives — with Foden and Riyad Mahrez the principle culprits.
Foden dragged a shot extensive when despatched clear by way of by Kevin de Bruyne within the first half after which hit a shot straight at Dani Carvajal on the road when Mahrez’s shot cannoned off a submit straight to him. With the Algerian additionally scary the fury of supervisor Pep Guardiola when he smashed one other likelihood into the aspect netting, City might have already got the semi-final wrapped up.
And Foden admits there may be some disappointment on the failure to complete the Spanish aspect after they had been on their knees. He stated: “Obviously we are really impressed with the result and it was important that we got the win. But on the other hand, we are a bit disappointed that we didn’t kill the game in the first half.
“We had some great chances. It is something to work on. I think we did [deserve more]. We deserved to win by a bigger scoreline, but we know we are playing a great team and they can hurt you at any time. That’s just how it is in football.”
Three instances City opened up a two-goal benefit just for Karim Benzema (two) and Vinicius Junior to peg it again to at least one on every event, leaving the semi-final on a knife-edge for the second leg subsequent Wednesday. That capability to remain within the tie even after they look second finest has already seen Real beat Paris St Germain and Chelsea in earlier rounds, and now City should resist going the identical method.
Foden is just too conscious of their propensity for profitable video games wherein they’re outplayed. He stated: “They always find a way and that is why they have won the Champions League so many times.
“They are always in the game. We have to stay focused for the full 90 minutes and that is all we can do. We can take a lot of confidence [into the second leg].
“We hurt them when we were attacking and scored more goals so all we can do is be proud of ourselves. It was very entertaining to play in and hopefully the second leg is like that as well.
“Atletico played their own way [in the last round] and Real Madrid are a lot more attacking and a fluid team. It is going to be an interesting second leg and we are going to have to control it more because we know that they can hurt us at any time with great players like Benzema who can score a goal out of nothing.
“The manager touched on it before the game that Real Madrid have won the Champions League so many times and they never seem to be out of the game, no matter what the score is. They always find a way to make chances.”
City regarded like build up an enormous first leg lead after scoring twice within the opening 11 minutes, however Real repeatedly fought their method again into rivalry every time City regarded like easing away once more. Foden believes City had been “perfect” in that opening spell. He stated: “It felt like the perfect start really.
“I thought we did everything right in the first 20 minutes. We pressed them, won the ball back and it seemed like the perfect start. I am not sure what happened but obviously they have great quality players and they can hurt you at any time.”
Now Foden believes that City’s defence — set to be bolstered by the return of the suspended Joao Cancelo and probably Kyle Walker as properly — can present its mettle. He added: “We have showed many times how great our defence is this year.
“It is going to be a great game and we will just have to put our bodies on the line at times. We know they are going to create chances as a team. It is only one goal, so we are just going to have to play the game, think that it is 0-0 and just try to play our football as we always play to win.”