Man City will have to 'suffer' to beat Real Madrid, Guardiola warns

We must suffer! Pep Guardiola warns his Manchester City players it will be painful to stop Real Madrid and reach the Champions League final… but he also tells them to ‘enjoy the moment’ as it ‘could be once in a lifetime’

  • Manchester City will go head to head with Real Madrid in the Champions League
  • City boss Pep Guardiola knows they must suffer to reach the final once again 
  • They will be hoping to go one better after losing last year’s final to rivals Chelsea
  • The Citizens will also have to be wary of in-form Madrid striker Karim Benzema 

Pep Guardiola warned Manchester City they must ‘suffer’ to stop a Karim Benzema-inspired Real Madrid and reach consecutive Champions League finals.

City are attempting to go one better after losing last year’s showpiece against Chelsea. 

But they must navigate La Liga leaders Real first — with Guardiola telling his players to seize the moment.

Pep Guardiola (pictured) warned Manchester City they must ‘suffer’ to stop Real Madrid

‘To beat an opponent like Real Madrid, when you’re playing bad, stick together, suffer together for hopefully as few minutes as possible,’ said Guardiola.

‘I said to the players enjoy the moment. You never know, it could be once in a lifetime.’

City beat Real over two legs in the quarter-finals two years ago but are wary of the threat Benzema poses. 

City will be wary of the threat that Karim Benzema (pictured) poses in the semi-final tie

The striker has scored 44 goals in 47 goals for club and country this season – including a hat-trick against Chelsea in the quarter-final.

‘Benzema has scored a lot of goals – not just against Chelsea but throughout his career,’ said Guardiola.

‘They have fantastic players.’

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