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Ferdinand rips into Man City after Champions League exit

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Hart crestfallen after City's Bernabeu exit
Hart crestfallen after City's Bernabeu exit

Rio Ferdinand blasted Manchester City’s performance in their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, as he suggested Manuel Pellegrini’s side will live to regret their display as they lost 1-0 at the Bernabeu.

Gareth Bale fired the only goal in the tie to send Real Madrid through to a clash against Atlteico Madrid in Milan later this month, with former Manchester United defender Ferdinand suggesting City did not do enough to try and force their way through to their first Champions League final.

“You’ve got to go out all guns blazing. City can’t say they’ve done that tonight," Ferdinand told BT Sport. “They’ll wake up tomorrow disappointed by what’s happened.

"They didn't do enough. They didn't create enough opportunities. They didn't show desire or belief. They didn't deserve to go through.

"Real Madrid showed their experience. They were the more determined, more hungry team. With players like Bale and Ronaldo, they can grasp the occasion. For Manchester City's players, this occasion passed them by."

Ferdinand went on to suggest City have taken steps back under Pellegrini’s three-year reign as manager, as he suggested incoming boss Pep Guardiola has a huge job on his hands to get the club back to winning ways.

“Since Pellegrini has gone to Manchester City, they have gone backwards,” he added.

“They were a much more impressive team, a solid unit, with lots of cohesion. They also played some industrious attacking football. They are not doing that any more.

“Pep Guardiola has a huge job on his hands coming in here. This is not going to be as good as the team he took over at Bayern. This is going to be an entirely different proposition.”