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Eliaquim Mangala vows Manchester City will avenge Madrid defeat

Eliaquim Mangala believes Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League by a ‘lucky’ Real Madrid goal

Manchester City centre0back Eliaquim Mangala is targeting to revenge for this season’s defeat at the hands of Spanish giants Real Madrid.

City lost by a single goal over the two legs, scored at the Bernabeu with help from former Tottenham man Gareth Bale, whose shot took a wicked deflection off Fernando, sending it past Joe Hart and in off the far post.

And the France international, who found himself thrust into the action after only 10 minutes when Vincent Kompany limped off with what looked to be a quad muscle problem, believes Real Madrid scored a lucky goal.

“They scored a goal that was a bit lucky,” he told beIN Sport. “The ball took a deflection and it went in, after that they took control of the game.

“We tried to create chances but it was difficult. Unfortunately we did not score the goal that would have taken us to Milan (for the final on May 28th).

“We can be proud of ourselves for coming this far. We were beaten by a great team that has experience in semi-finals. The season is not over, and we’ll see what happens next year. We will try and take revenge.”

Manchester City’s hopes for revenge rest however on making it back into the competition next season, when superstar coach Pep Guardiola takes over the reigns at the Etihad.

City currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, but with Manchester United, West Ham and Southampton all hot on their heels and boasting a game in hand, it is by no means guaranteed that they will be in the competition next season.

Mangala has featured only intermittently since arriving from Porto in the summer of 2014 for a huge sum that is now thought to have exceeded £42 million.

The Frenchman has made just 19 league appearances this season, however with Kompany set to be side-lined again, he looks set to play a part in Sunday’s crunch match with Arsenal, a must win game if City want to preserve their Champions League status.

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