Pellegrini: You always need luck

Manuel Pellegrini accepted Real Madrid deserve the Champions League Final but rued a lack of luck for his Manchester City.

Madrid progressed to meet Atletico Madrid in Milan on May 28 after Fernando deflected a Gareth Bale attempt past Joe Hart for the only goal of the two-legged semi-final.

“They were very lucky with their goal and we were very unlucky because it was a deflected cross that put the ball in the top corner,” Pellegrini said, Sky Sports reports.

“The goal gave them more time to play but both teams couldn't create, and it was very similar to the first leg with both teams without many clear chances.

“We played a strong team, but not one that was better than us, so you need a bit of fortune. It's not the reason why didn't win the game, we tried to create and we couldn't, and that's why we are not in the final. You always need some luck and this time Real Madrid was lucky with the goal.

“We had a chance when Fernandinho hit the post, but there was not too much for both teams. I think we were also missing David Silva, and with Yaya Toure coming back from an injury, meant we didn't have many creative midfielders that could make the difference.”

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