“It was a tough game because they were so close defensively. We know they’re solid, that’s the way they play and I think we played pretty well given the circumstances. We knew it would be difficult to create chances,” said De Bruyne.
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“They were very good in the first half, but we didn’t concede anything. They practically played with five defenders and five midfielders and it was difficult to find spaces. If anyone wants to blame us about this match, I recommend that they try it on a training field.”
Due to City’s narrow victory, the return in Madrid promises to be exciting. 1-0 is 1-0 and they haven’t scored. I expect a pretty similar match there and maybe they will have to push a little more. But today we couldn’t do more.”
Last season, City lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the final.