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Manchester City Beat Real Madrid, 4-2 Agg. - Reaction & Tweets

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A massive win for Pep and his men.

Manchester City v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Manchester City are in the Champions League quarter-finals after a great 2-1 win over Real Madrid.

City controlled the majority of the game and were gifted ahead early on after what would be Raheem Sterling’s 100th goal for the club.

Karim Benzema levelled before the half-hour but Gabriel Jesus’ second-half strike after another defensive lapse, gave victory and a quarter final tie with Lyon next Saturday.

On to the reaction-

Pep Guardiola Reaction

“We are here to try to win the Champions League,” said Pep. “This is just one step.

“I am more than happy for the players to got to Portugal. We know exactly which team we beat. We are satisfied.

“Of course, it’s important for us. We beat them twice. They have never lost two knockout games.

“To win this competition you have to win against teams like Madrid, Barca and so on.

“When you play against Real Madrid, you realise how good they are. You can see the personality they play with; they are good.

“When you are on the sidelines and see the personality and charisma, it looks like they are playing a friendly - they play this kind of game thousands of times.

“We weren’t keen to defend 1-1. We tried to score and couldn’t; Courtois made some saves - but we deserve to be in the next stage.

“We scored two goals from their mistakes. It’s not easy and we tried to convince them to attack, but we are in the quarter finals and we are happy.”

“This competition will punish you - but Gabriel made his contribution,” said Pep

“He is the best guy at making these kind of actions.

“Gabriel was man of these two games. We scored in Madrid, won the penalty, and then today he made an assist and scored a goal.

“Gabriel always helps with more than goals, but for a striker it’s important to score. For big players it’s important to show on the biggest stage.

“He has done it twice and he made a big step to say: ‘Here I am, I can win games myself’.”

“Sometimes it worked, sometimes not. Against good teams, it’s more difficult.

“We knew we were going to suffer at times, but we conceded few chances and there was a great save from Eddy.

“In the second half, not so much. The players made an incredible effort, all of them.

“In the first half we played with wingers more inside.

“It was a mistake from my side, but in the second half, we corrected it. We had more spaces and more time.”

And on facing Lyon, he said: “I just spoke with our scouting department and they said: ‘be alert!’

“There are still many incredible teams - but it’s important for our confidence to beat Real Madrid. But it’s just last 16.

“We now go to Portugal, be together, eat well, laugh a lot, work a lot.

“Our best success in this comp is one semi- final. We have to be calm and see what happens

“Now we have seven or eight days to prepare. We will enjoy it today and tomorrow. The day after, we will start to think about it.”

Gabriel Jesus Reaction

“Like last game, we ran a lot and played good with the ball.

“It was so important for us to win. Real Madrid are a top club and the best club in the competition so for us, its massive.”

“I think it’s all about belief,” he said. “Belief that there would be mistakes. They are humans.

“You can make a mistake if you are pressed a lot.

“It’s one of my powers to press all the time to help my team. I was happy to score, too.

“They can beat us. We came to work hard and try to win and play good football, which we did.”

“I work to be a great striker every day; I work hard to be like Ronaldo was,” he said.

We have to work on simple things and stay strong for the next game.”

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