Man City boss Guardiola will regret big decision v Real Madrid - McLeish

By Alex McLeish

5th May, 2022 | 1:59pm

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Alex McLeish has claimed Man City boss Pep Guardiola will regret some of his big tactical decisions after Wednesday’s “devastating” loss to Real Madrid.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager insisted the 51-year-old will be full of regret following the 3-1 defeat in Spain.

City allowed Real to score twice in the dying minutes of the game to take them to extra time.

Karim Benzema scored a penalty shortly after the restart to seal victory for the Spanish giants.

McLeish admitted he felt sorry for Guardiola and insisted the City boss would be regretting some of his decisions.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Pep will be devastated. I have empathy with managers, not that I took any of my clubs to the European semi-finals.

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“We came close in others competitions and it’s so devastating when you lose a game of that magnitude. It’s difficult for me to start criticising the manager because he’s a legend.

“But he will look back on many moments of the games thinking: ‘Should I have done that, should I have done this?’ It was a devastating night.

“I know that he will be thinking I could have done something different. We all do it. I look back years ago, when something went wrong, and think I should have done that on the day.

“At the very highest level, the whole world scrutinises you. There will be people saying Pep should have done this, Pep should have done that.

“There have been a few competitions like that where they’ve fallen at this hurdle. Whether it’s been substitutions or whether it’s been tactics, we go back a couple of years when they lost to Lyon.

“Pep left three or four of the most technical players on the bench. Maybe he thought he had a squad good enough to beat Lyon. Last night, God, he’ll probably be having kittens after the game.

“He’ll be thinking: ‘What did I do that for, what did I do this for?’ You always question yourself. When things go wrong, you always think: ‘I should have done this or that.'”

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