Guardiola provides Aymeric Laporte injury update after Man City beat Real Madrid

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has provided an update on Aymeric Laporte’s injury after the defender was substituted off at the Bernabeu.

Laporte was replaced in the first half as Manchester City beat Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League tie with Fernandinho replacing him.

Frenchman Laporte has only recently returned from a serious knee injury and looked devastated as he limped off the pitch.

Though Guardiola sounded hopeful that the injury is not too bad after his team scored two late goals having gone a goal behind.

"After five months injured in this scenario it's so demanding,” Guardiola said.

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“Fernandinho came in and did incredibly well. I'm so proud.

“This is the first step. It's not over. We can enjoy the moment. On Sunday we have a final

“We'll keep going in the Premier League and prepare for the second game against Real Madrid."

Isco had put Real Madrid ahead on the hour mark before goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne turned the tie on its head.

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Sergio Ramos was sent off late on for the hosts giving Premier League giants City a huge advantage in the second leg on March 17.

Guardiola added: "We tried to come here to win the game and we did. This is just the first part. If one team can overcome this situation, it's this club.

"When we were better, we conceded a goal. When they were bettter, we scored a goal. That's football.

“I remember the quarter-final a few seasons ago at Anfield when we played incredibly well and they scored all their shots on target."

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Match-winner De Bruyne added: "It's a very good start. We struggled in the first 15 minutes but you have to go through the storm.

"It was an even first half. We started the second half really well. Their goal came at a bad moment for us – we were dominating. Our response was brilliant. It was a beautiful goal from Gabriel Jesus.

"We're only halfway there. We have an important game at home in three weeks. Now we have to recover for Sunday's final [in the Carabao Cup against Aston Villa].”

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