Manchester City coach, Spaniard Pep Guardiola, praised the effort of his footballers and the game of his team in the second part of the final against Chelsea, although he regretted having lost to a “very physical” and effective rival.
“It has been an exceptional moment and I am sad to have lost. We have had great chances, Sterling’s, Phil Foden’s … And in the second we have been more constant,” lamented the Spanish coach before the Movistar + microphones.
Guardiola argued the variations in his starting eleven in the search for the game: “I was looking for a lot of play. We have not suffered defensively. In the first half it has cost us to reach the next line. But then we have moved more and we have achieved it. have been able to mark “.
The Spanish coach recalled that Manchester City reached a Champions League final for the first time: “We competed very well our first time here. Now we must prepare to return. “
“It was a very close game. We have arrived several times to push the ball and in the second the rival has not left the area. We have competed very well with a very strong team. I am staying with that. I have nothing to reproach.” Guardiola added.
“There are wonderful teams that have won it four or five times in this competition. For us it is very difficult. We have come here and I have few reproaches. It was our first time. They had no more game. We have had problems with losses and all that. It says a lot about how we have done it, “Guardiola insisted.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said now is the time to go for more titles, after winning the Champions League against Manchester City.
“It is a fantastic achievement. We expected a very strong team and we knew that we were going to have to be at a great level to be able to prevail. I had won at lower levels, but I did not know what this feeling was like. Now it is time to celebrate and then go for the next success, for the next title, “said the German at a press conference.
“I don’t know if I’m prepared to talk about specific players. Because everyone has shown a great attitude. We were very brave even at times when it was difficult to get out of the pressure,” he said about the 1-0 win against City.
In addition, Tuchel, asked if he had been able to speak with the owner, Roman Abramovich, He dropped that he will renew with Chelsea.
“I may have renewed my contract after this game. I have to speak to my agent,” said the German.