Champions League

Manuel Pellegrini: "We didn't deserve to lose"

Manuel Pellegrini insists his Manchester City side did not deserve to lose against Real Madrid.

Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini said his side did not deserve to lose after their semi-final exit at the Santiago Bernabéu. He will give way to Pep Guardiola at the end of the season having failed to get them to a final in his three seasons in charge.

The Chilean lamented his side's luck as Gareth Bale's intended cross deflected off Fernando and looped over the helpless Joe Hart for the only goal of the tie.

However, Pellegrini admitted City hadn't created nearly enough to merit a place in the final.

'Neither of the two teams deserved to win the game,' said Pellegrini.

'I don't think we saw a superior Madrid, we pressed them, but with the ball we lacked the creativity to do damage.

'There was lot of work in the 180 minutes, but very little football.'

However, Pellegrini defended his record having taken City to the last four for the first time and believes they will have the potential to go all the way under Guardiola.

'I think it is a special season because we have reached the semis,' he added.

'We are not happy, but I don't think we deserved to compete the final. They had that bit of luck.

'In the Champions League it is a step more, but I think this team must always try to play the final in the next years.'

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