Manchester City on Tuesday beat Real Madrid 4-3 at the Etihad stadium in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals.

Despite the brilliant performance from Guardiola’s men, and encouraging score, Madrid superstars, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior were both in top form for Madrid: Benzema scored a brace while Vinicius Junior netted the third.

Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva were on target for City, but the result was not totally satisfactory to Guardiola because they held a two-goal lead three times.

Still on the result, Guardiola further reiterated to his players they had beaten Real Madrid 4-3 in a Champions League classic on Tuesday despite the disappointment of not killing off their semifinal tie at the Etihad.

At the moment, there is still hope for Madrid regardless of the loss Madrid as they have hope of another famous Champions League fightback at the Santiago Bernabeu on May 4.

Guardiola also made clear the benefits of the opportunities his men would have had if only they had grabbed the opportunity they missed.

He further lamented and noted regrets after a blistering opening that could have seen City go 4-0 up inside half an hour.

In the words of Guardiola, “I want to try to convince to my players that we won the game and we have to go to Bernabeu to play like we did today,”

“It doesn’t matter if we would have won by one goal or four, in the Bernabeu you have to show who you are otherwise there is no chance. It is a good test for us.”

Madrid, the record 13-time European champions, were playing in their 30th semifinal to City’s third, but the English champions lived up to their tag as pre-tie favourites early on.

Only 92 seconds had passed before the Madrid rearguard was breached by Riyad Mahrez’s quick feet and perfect cross for De Bruyne to stoop and head past Thibaut Courtois.

Jesus pounced to make it 2-0 after just 10 minutes when David Alaba failed to deal with De Bruyne’s cross.

Meanwhile, Madrid Boss had his own views to share after the interesting encounter with City.

“We started the game very badly, we were too soft in conceding the goals,” said Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.

“After that the team showed what they have shown recently, a great reaction.

“We have to defend better. If we defend better in the second leg we’ll win. If we don’t, we will be out.”

Unfortunately for Madrid, Casemiro was not featured in the match. This made City cut through midfield on the counter-attack at will in the match.