Jack Grealish is assured of reaching the Champions League closing after Manchester City fought again to assert a draw within the first leg of their semi-final towards Real Madrid.
Kevin De Bruyne struck a surprising equaliser on the Bernabeu on Tuesday night time as City got here from behind to attract 1-1 after an equally sensible opener from Real’s Vinicius Junior.
The end result leaves the tie delicately poised forward of subsequent week’s return leg on the Etihad Stadium.
City are in search of revenge for his or her loss to Real on the similar stage final season and Grealish feels the Premier League aspect’s residence file offers them the sting.
The England midfielder informed BT Sport: “We have a new team this year, different players.
“We’ve learned so much since last year. Now we have the perfect balance of experience and a few youngsters who are just world-class.
“I think we just have quality and I’ve never felt so confident going on to the pitch and having these players around me.
“Within ourselves at the Etihad, we feel unstoppable there. We came here to try and win, but it shows our character to go a goal down – it’s always difficult to play at a place like this.
“In the end I think it was a fair result. They had their chances, we had a few as well.”
City managed lots of the early play however Real soaked up strain and hit them with a high-quality counter-attacking purpose.
City supervisor Pep Guardiola praised his aspect for the best way they fought again when below extreme strain.
Guardiola stated: “It was a really tight game. Congratulations to the team because this team (Real) are always so difficult for their history and also their quality.
“We started really well and when we were better they made an incredible transition (and scored).
“When they were better than us in the second half, we scored. It’s open to Manchester, it will be a final for our people and we look forward to it.”
Real supervisor Carlo Ancelotti was booked amid commotion on the touchline as De Bruyne celebrated his 67th-minute equaliser.
The Italian revealed afterwards he had been complaining the ball went out of play within the build-up to the City purpose. He additionally claimed he had seen proof he was appropriate.
Ancelotti stated: “The ball was off the pitch. Technology said it and I don’t understand why VAR didn’t check it
“The referee didn’t pay attention to many things tonight.”
Ancelotti, nevertheless, was comfortable sufficient together with his aspect’s efficiency and the state of the tie.
He stated: “We should play like this once more subsequent week. Our technique was good, we weren’t frightened after they had possession.
“Then the second half was utterly completely different. We had the ball and created alternatives. We are very happy. “