Pep Guardiola Reveals What He Said To Zinedine Zidane In Post Match Chat
Pep Guardiola has explained exactly what he said to Zinedine Zidane on the side of the pitch after his Manchester City side knocked the Frenchman's Real Madrid side out of the Champions League.
City made it through to the quarter finals of the competition with a historic 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on Friday night, adding to their 2-1 win in Madrid back in February.
After the match Guardiola and Zidane were pictured having a conversation on the touchline, after everyone else had long left the pitch, and the City boss revealed what he said.
"I congratulated him for La Liga," the Spaniard said in the post match press conference, "I always said to win the league is the most difficult title because it shows 11 months being there.
"We spoke about our families and I wished him all the best. He was one of my idols when I was a player.
"I played against him in the national team with France and I suffered a lot.
"He was one of the greatest and as a human being he is an example and I like how he can represent our profession like he does."
Pep Guardiola & Zinedine Zidane after the final whistle... pic.twitter.com/XSsaTkGwXK- Photos of Football (@photosofootball) August 7, 2020
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Zidane and Guardiola after the match pic.twitter.com/9vFs8e1Yu0- Real Madrid Info ³⁴ (@RMadridInfo) August 7, 2020
The Premier League side, who have only reached the semi-final of the Champions League once, losing to Real, caused a surprise in Madrid and knew they had a tough task on their hands to make it through to the quarters.
They were helped by the fact the 13 times European champions were missing their captain Sergio Ramos and in his absence centre back partner Raphael Varane had a poor game.
The Frenchman had the ball stolen off him in the lead up to the first goal and then his header back towards Thibaut Courtois was weak, allowing Gabriel Jesus to run onto it and score.
City's hopes of winning their first European competition were boosted by Juventus being knocked out by Lyon on Friday and the Premier League side will now face the team who finished the curtailed Ligue 1 in seventh place.
A win against Lyon, in a one off game in Lisbon, would put them through to a semi final against either Bayern Munich or Barcelona.
Pep and City are just two games away from the Champions League final. Do you think they'll make it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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