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Manuel Pellegrini talks Champions League draw with Real Madrid, Manchester City chances

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini spoke briefly to the media after his team's 0-0 draw at home against Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. The Citizens withstood a lot of pressure from the visitors, and finished with the next best result possible after a victory thanks to the away-goal rule.

The Chilean mentioned that small advantage in his post-match presser, and he also stated his men are not afraid of the great Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of the return leg. Here's a rundown of Pellegrini's quotes:

"I'm not happy with the draw because we played a very intense game and defended well. We tried to create until David Silva got injured then we lost the ball too much. If you cannot win then a 0-0 draw is next best thing.

"I think Madrid came here with a result in mind. We attacked Madrid, but we couldn't create a clear chance. In terms of intent, we had the most intent. Madrid had a real chance from that late corner, but luckily for us Joe Hart kept it out.

"We knew they would try and play a slow game and we played very well against it. We pressed as a team, but unfortunately when we had the ball we couldn't make chances, we couldn't score.

"I don't think Madrid are favorites now. We have had good results playing away from home this season, against PSG, Dynamo Kyiv and Sevilla. We are not afraid of going to the Bernabéu."