Manuel Pellegrini: Real Madrid are fortunate to be in the Final

Manuel Pellegrini claims Real Madrid were very lucky to progress to the finals after 1-0 win which propelled them to knock Man City out at semi-final stage of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

A Gareth Bale deflected cross by Fernando on 20 minutes that turned to be the only goal of the game.

Real Madrid have seen themselves clash with Atletico Madrid for the second time in three years.

And Pellegrini insists the Los Blancos were fortunate to be finalist.

“They were very lucky with their goal and we were very unlucky because it was a deflected cross that put the ball in the top corner,” Pellegrini said.

“The goal gave them more time to play but both teams couldn’t create, and it was very similar to the first leg with both teams without many clear chances.

“We played a strong team, but not one that was better than us, so you need a bit of fortune.

“It’s not the reason why didn’t win the game, we tried to create and we couldn’t, and that’s why we are not in the final.

“But you always need some luck and this time Real Madrid was lucky with the goal.”

Pellegrini admits Man City rarely threatened Madrid defence and lack creativity, and converting rate in front of goal.

“Missing David Silva, Samir Nasri who is not in the Champions League squad and Yaya Touré coming from an injury we didn’t have creative players to make a difference.

“No, there are no regrets, we worked very well for 90 minutes. That’s why Real Madrid couldn’t create any chances.

“But we needed to create in the final third and today we couldn’t.”

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Samuel is a journalist with a strong interest in Football. Besides contributing for LeagueLane, he also works as a radio presenter and occasionally writes articles for various other online and print media.