Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid coach, has admitted that Manchester City deserved their 4 – 1 victory over his side in the Champions League semi finals on Wednesday.
The win completed a 5-1 aggregate defeat for Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final.
Manchester City, who were beaten by Real Madrid at the same stage last season, avenged that heartbreaking defeat with a brilliant performance in front of their jubilant fans.
Only Real Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, prevented them from inflicting even more damage.
“They played better than us and deserved to win. They put a lot of pressure at the beginning, it worked out well for them because they made it very difficult for us to get the ball in play and they went two goals ahead.
“From then on, it was difficult to get back into the game. We tried in the second half… but it didn’t work out,” Ancelotti told reporters.
Ancelotti admitted it was a painful night but said it was too soon to analyse what had gone wrong.
“Evaluating today, at this moment, makes no sense.
“It is a defeat that hurts, it hurts a lot. But it can happen. We reached the semi-finals of the Champions League against a strong opponent, they played better and left us without a final.
“We have to learn and for the next season, to be better,” he said.
This is coming a year after winning a LaLiga and Champions League double, and becoming the first manager to capture titles in each of Europe’s top five leagues.
Ancelotti is now facing up to finishing the campaign with just a Spanish Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup to show for their efforts.
He did, however, set another record on Wednesday, becoming the coach with the most European Cup games (191), surpassing the mark set by former Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson.
But with their rivals Barcelona crowned LaLiga champions last weekend with four-games to spare, Ancelotti was left searching for a silver lining.
“I think it was a good season. We have to show up in the few games we have ahead of us.
“I think that reaching a Champions League semi-final is a success because only four teams make it to the last four,” Ancelotti said.