Pep Guardiola confident Man City will qualify one day for UCL semifinal

Pep Guardiola confident Man City will qualify one day for UCL semifinal

- Pep Guardiola was left hurt after his Man City side failed to progress to the Champions League semis after a 3-1 defeat to Lyon

- Moussa Dembele's second half brace and Maxwel Cornet's opener rendered De Bruyne's 69th-minute strike a mere consolation

- The result meant City are yet to qualify for the competition's semis in the club's history in a record five attempts

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola has rued the club's missed chance to progress into the Champions League semis following their 3-1 shock defeat to Lyon in the quarters.

Having beaten Real Madrid in the round of 16, City were regarded as clear favourites to win the European title and beating Lyon was only a mere formality.

Lyon, widely regarded as underdogs defeated Juventus on their way to the quarters to set up a crunch date with Man City.

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But they were clearly the better side against the Premier League giants as they took advantage of Pep's questionable team selection and tactics.

Pep Guardiola confident Man City will one day book Champions League semi berth

Pep Guardiola was left hurt after his Man City side failed to progress to the Champions League semis after a 3-1 defeat to Lyon. Photo: Getty Images.
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A Moussa Dembele double and Maxwel Cornet's opener were enough to send Lyon to the semis as City crashed out of the tournament.

And speaking after the defeat, Guardiola admitted his side was poor in the opening exchanges and paid the price for it.

"One day we will break this gap to the semis," SunSport quoted the Spaniard saying.

"In the first 20, 25 minutes we struggled to find spaces to attack. The second half was OK - we were there. I had a feeling we were better. You have to be perfect in this competition," he admitted.

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Lyon will now take on Bayern Munich who beat Barcelona for a chance to reach the finals and continue their dream campaign in the European competition.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Man City welcomed a bit of good news after their Champions League exit as Kevin De Bruyne was named Premier League Player of the Season for the 2019/20 campaign.

The Belgian star picked up the award after beating Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Other stars who were nominated for the award include Leicester City's Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy, Southampton striker Danny Ings and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.

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