Joe Hart distraught after Man City's Champions League agony

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Bale fired Real Madrid into another Champions League final
Bale fired Real Madrid into another Champions League final

Crestfallen Manchester City keeper Joe Hart could not contain his despair as his side crashed out of the Champions League in agonising fashion after a 1-0 defeat against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Gareth Bale’s deflected first half strike was all that separated the sides over two tightly contested fixtures that could have swung in favour of either team, with Hart struggling to contain his anguish as he gave his thoughts to BT Sport.

"We could easily be in the final but they managed the game well. They got a very lucky goal, but it is what it is,” said Hart, who produced a string of fine saves in both legs of the semi-final to keep City’s hopes alive in the tie.

“We just did not have that little bit more. (Sergio) Aguero announced himself in the 88th minute, it was a good effort, but did we do enough over the two games? I don’t know.

“Real couldn’t kill us off. We defended well when needed. We just didn’t have that little bit more. 

“I don’t think we can be bothered by criticism. It is what it is. We turn up to win every game.”

City manager Manuel Pellegrini was equally despondent, as his final chance to win a trophy with the club before he is replaced by Pep Guardiola this summer slipped away.

“I am disappointed because I think that was a very close game with two teams who did not create many chances,” stated the City boss. “The two teams were working with no-one making a difference.

“It is not the best thing changing a defender very early but I don’t think we had any problems in defence, we had problems creating, same as Real Madrid. They did not create many chances.

“We worked the game very well. During whole game we tried to make some difference.”