Manchester City train at Atletico Madrid’s stadium the morning after their historic victory against Real… while Pep Guardiola and his backroom staff enjoy some tapas
- Manchester City stayed in Madrid overnight and trained at the home of Atletico
- Pep Guardiola’s squad worked out on the Wanda Metroplitano pitch
- It came after a comeback victory against Real Madrid in the Champions League
- Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne means City have a 2-1 lead
Manchester City were back out on the pitch after their victory against Real Madrid, training at the home of Real’s rivals Atletico in bright sunshine on Thursday.
City players, in particular those who didn’t participate in Wednesday’s win, took part in some low-intensity exercises such as cycling on an exercise bike at the Wanda Metropolitano, where Liverpool won the Champions League last year.
Meanwhile, manager Pep Guardiola took some time out to enjoy some tapas, with backroom staff member Manuel Estiarte, director of football Txiki Begiristain and City legend Mike Summerbee.
Phil Foden, who didn’t feature on Wednesday, smiles at training at the Wanda Metropolitano
Those who played kept football to a minimum, instead working out on exercise bikes
City manager Pep Guardiola with backroom staff member Manuel Estiarte (far left), director of football Txiki Begiristain (left centre) and club legend Mike Summerbee (far right)
All the players and staff were clearly revelling the morning after a superb comeback victory against the 13-time European Cup winners at the Bernabeu.
After going behind to a second-half strike from Isco, City roared back with Jesus equalising and De Bruyne scoring the winner from the penalty spot after Raheem Sterling was impeded in the box.
Sergio Ramos was also sent-off late on, meaning he will be out of the return fixture on a nightmare evening for Real boss Zinedine Zidane.
City left back Benjamin Mendy enjoyed the sunshine on Thursday at the home of Atletico
City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan smiles for the camera as he cycles on an exercise bike
It means City have a 2-1 lead to take back to the Etihad for the second leg on March 17.
Guardiola said afterwards: ‘I’m happy for the victory but the performance as well, we played with good personality. I’m so proud. But it’s just the first step. It’s not over. Enjoy the moment and be calm.
‘This club only has one semi-final in the Champions League, we haven’t won anything. Winning at the Bernabeu is a great satisfaction for us.
Kevin De Bruyne (R) scored the decisive goal as Man City beat Real Madrid on Wednesday
‘We’re not used to do these things and hope it’ll help us in the future to believe in ourselves.’
Pep Guardiola’s side return to domestic duty this weekend, as they face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Madrid will have to dust themselves down and go again as they face fierce rivals Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday, with just two points separating the sides at the top of La Liga.
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