Sky Sports pundit claims Manchester City should have progressed against 'worst Real Madrid side in years'

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Manchester City failed to trouble Real Madrid's goal in their Champions league exit last night.

Sky Sports pundit and Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has claimed that Manchester City missed a golden opportunity to reach the Champions League final against what he believes is the worst Real Madrid side in recent history.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Balague insisted that Madrid were there for the taking:

"In my eyes, before the game, they were the fourth-worst team in the semi-finals. There were so many problems, so many ways they could be beaten, that it felt like an organised team who could create enough danger - say by a decent Kevin de Bruyne or Sergio Aguero move - could have beaten them."

Manuel Pellegrini's men will be disappointed that they did not test Madrid's goalkeeper Keylor Navas once throughout the night, as they failed to register a single shot on target.

Balague went on to say how he feels newly crowned Premier League champions Leicester City would have caused the Spanish giants more problems than Man City did:

"I feel Leicester City would have created many more problems for Real Madrid, but it certainly showed us a very poor Manchester City, who hardly had a shot on goal against the eighth-worst defence in La Liga."

If nothing else, the Citizens' performance highlighted just how much work has to be done when Pep Guardiola arrives at the Etihad in the summer.

It is now a distinct possibility that the Spaniard will be taking charge of a team absent from Europe's premier competition. They face Arsenal on Sunday and anything other than a win will see their top-four hopes severely dented. Qualifying for the Champions League will be absolutely essential if the Man City want to attract the world's best players.

Either way, it is obvious that Guardiola will have his work cut out upon his arrival.

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