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Pep Hits Back At Ex-Man Utd Stars Over UCL Exit

Manager Pep Guardiola has brutally hit back at two former Manchester United stars who criticised Manchester City's mindset after their UEFA Champions League exit.

Read: Guardiola Decides On Man City Future

The Citizens crashed out at the semi-final stage after throwing a first-leg lead against 13-time winners Real Madrid last month.

Former United stars Patrice Evra and Dimitar Berbatov both criticised City's mindset, but Guardiola did not take too kindly to those remarks.

"The answer is so easy - it's the same character and personality that we lost in Madrid in the last few minutes," Guardiola told reporters, as per Goal.

"A specialist former player, like Berbatov and Seedorf, Patrice Evra and these type of people, they weren't there.

"I played against them and when I played against them I didn't see this kind of personality when we [Barcelona] destroyed them in the Champions League final vs Manchester United.

"It's the same character and personality. We don't have personality because we concede two goals in two minutes when we had two chances to score and we don't have personality.

"After the last four games, we scored 22 goals, we have incredible personality. I'm sorry but I completely disagree about this.

"Personality is what we have done in the last five years, every three days in all competitions. This is important.

"Maybe Liverpool win all four titles, maybe they win just one, I don't know but you say they don't have personality, character, they didn't do an incredible season?

"Even when they lost the Premier League by one or two points against us, they didn't have a bad season? They don't have character or personality?

"Of course they have, of course they are good. Sometimes football happens. You cannot control it, emotion, many things. When we are constantly arriving in latter stages, semi-finals, finals last four or five years.

"This is chapeau, this is incredible, because we arrive until the end, a lot of games, go through, playing good, this is the most important thing."

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