Pep Guardiola expressed ‘sympathy’ for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo after Bayern Munich knocked Benfica out of the Champions League.
Ronaldo had said he hoped to play the Portuguese side in the semi-finals as it would be a special game for him, but Guardiola’s team eliminated the Eagles with a 2-2 draw on the night and a 3-2 aggregate win.
“I know Cristiano wanted Benfica in the semi-final. I’m sorry for him,” ex-Barcelona Coach Guardiola said, tongue-in-cheek, Sport reports.
“Benfica are a strong team who were without several important players. The same thing happened to us last season.
“We controlled the game but [Raul Jimenez’s] goal put us in difficulty. Arturo Vidal’s goal helped a lot and we controlled the game without too many problems.”