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Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City "did not deserve loss" against Real Madrid

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Manuel Pellegrini is not a happy man.

The Chilean boss spoke to the press following his team's 1-0 loss against Real Madrid, which knocked out the Citizens of the Champions League in the semifinal stage. The Sky Blues defended well and the goal they conceded came in a lucky play from Gareth Bale, and despite not having a great offensive output, they could have gotten a better result.

At least that's what Pellegrini thinks. Here's a few of his quotes:

"We feel a very bitter taste. We didn't deserve to lose. They had a lot of fortune with their goal. Neither of the teams created much. We weren't clear enough in our ideas and they didn't allow us to create chances. The fair result would have been a draw. Madrid were fortunate.

"I'm not happy because we couldn't create chances. We didn't deserve to lose because both teams were very similar. We were missing David [Silva] and [Samir] Nasri and Yaya [Touré] was coming back from an injury. Neither team deserved to win; there was a good work from both teams and little football. Both matches were very even. Defenders won over forwards.

"Of course if you don't play a final you have missed a chance. We played against a strong team but they weren't better than us. We needed a little luck but we didn't get it. We tried but we couldn't do it. I don't think Real Madrid proved they're superior to City.

"It was a special season because we got to the semi-finals and that was important for our team. We will try to qualify for the next UEFA Champions League. This team must always try to play the final. There are no favourites in a final. Atlético are very strong and Real Madrid have many players that can make the difference."

Source: UEFA.com