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Stones praises City performance against ‘hostile’ Atletico as brawl mars tie

Madrid (AFP) – Manchester City defender John Stones praised his team’s “incredible” composure in a fiery goalless draw away to Atletico Madrid as Pep Guardiola’s side set up a blockbuster Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

Kevin De Bruyne scored the only goal of the tie in the first leg in Manchester and City held on despite a bad-tempered finish to the return leg in the Spanish capital.

Atletico centre-back Felipe was sent off late on for a wild swipe at Phil Foden, an incident that triggered a mass brawl in the corner of the pitch and resulted in more than 12 minutes of stoppage time being played.

“We know that they sometimes try and make things happen like that and we dealt with it really well,”  Stones told BT Sport.

“It is not nice to talk about and I don’t want to dwell on it because over the two legs we played incredible against such an experienced side in what they do.

“We kept our tempers and it is easy to get drawn into stuff like that.”

He added: “We knew it was not an easy place to come, it is a hostile environment, it was a difficult night all round and how we defended and controlled ourselves over the two legs was incredible.”

Guardiola opted not to get involved in a war of words with his Spanish opponents.

When asked if he thought Atletico had gone too far, he said: “Nothing to say.”

“I cannot talk about what other people do.”

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  1. Eric T

    April 13, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    I love how the press by and large, especially in England, considers Atletico “dirty.” Nothing will probably be said about the questionable referees or blatant timewasting by Manchester City. Whenever Atletico plays defensively, it’s called “parking the bus,” yet whenever Manchester City does it, it’s “genius.”

    Everyone dunked on the ESL idea (rightfully so), but it’s pretty clear UEFA is already a “super league” and the “good ole’ boys club” rules the day.

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