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Guardiola makes a major claim about Real Madrid’s success in the UEFA Champions League
Speaking in an interview with Rio Ferdinand for BT Sport, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made a major claim about Real Madrid’s success in the UEFA Champions League.
The Manchester City boss has been in charge at the Etihad Stadium since 2016 but has failed to win the continental trophy in each of his six seasons at the club.
During that time, Real Madrid have won the Champions League on three occasions – in 2016/17 and 2017/18 under Zinedine Zidane and in the last season with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm.
Manchester City were on the receiving end of one of the most memorable comebacks made by Real Madrid in the history of the competition last season in the semi-finals.
Having won the first leg at the Etihad 4-3, the Premier League champions looked to be cruising to the finals when Riyad Mahrez put them ahead in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.
But a stoppage-time double from Rodrygo Goes forced the tie into extra-time and Karim Benzema scored to win it for Real Madrid, who then went on to beat Liverpool in the finals to win the trophy.
During the interview, Guardiola was asked about Manchester City’s failure to win the Champions League, to which he responded:
“What if we don’t win the Champions League? Then we don’t. Only Real Madrid play to win it, the rest of us, we just try.”
This is not the first time Guardiola has made such a claim about Real Madrid’s unprecedented success in the Champions League.
In another interview earlier this year, the former Barcelona manager had joked that Real Madrid were the reason for Man City’s failure to win the competition, saying: “Because Real Madrid is always there”.
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Real Madrid defender set to return from injury by appearing for his national team
In a positive update, Real Madrid defender David Alaba is set to return from his injury by making an appearance for the Austrian national team against Estonia later tonight, confirms Sergio Quirante.
Alaba has been out of action for over a month now, after picking up an injury during Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg tie against Liverpool at Anfield.
The Austrian international had been making progress in training at the club but was not ready in time for the Clasico against Barcelona on March 19.
Despite the injury, Alaba travelled to join the Austrian national team during the current international break.
And, according to the report from Sergio Quirante, the Real Madrid ace has good feelings after training with his national team. Having had several sessions under his belt now, the versatile defender is all set to make his return later tonight.
Austria will face off against Estonia in their second UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifiers Group F encounter later tonight and Alaba is in line to get some minutes against the minnows.
What remains to be seen is whether manager Ralf Rangnick opts to start the former Bayern Munich superstar on the night or introduces him as a substitute in the latter stages of the game.
Alaba’s imminent return will be good news for Real Madrid, who have a series of important matches coming up after the international break as they look to salvage their season.
Following the loss to Barcelona earlier this month, Carlo Ancelotti’s men are now 12 points off the top of the table in La Liga and are pretty much out of the equation to retain the title. They are also training the Catalans 1-0 in the Copa del Rey semi-finals while Chelsea await in the Champions League quarter-finals.