And so it came to pass that a season that seemed spent a long time ago, finally fizzled out completely in the towering majesty of the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.
Manchester City didn't just leave the tournament at the semifinal stage with a whimper, but they brought down a slightly bedraggled curtain on the first great trophy-winning team of the club's modern era.
For several of the players out on the big stage on Wednesday night, this will have been their last proper call to arms in a City shirt....
Eliaquim Mangala said he is proud of Manchester City's progress in the Champions League this season and has vowed that they can get their own back by reaching next year's final.
City fell at the semifinal stage against Real Madrid as Gareth Bale's cross deflected off Fernando in Wednesday's second leg at the Bernabeu to see Real reach their 14th European Cup final.
The sides had drawn 0-0 in Manchester a week previously but City's hopes of upsetting the odds in Madrid faded when their captain...
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BAYERN MUNICH: Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal says Atletico Madrid did not deserve to progress from Tuesday's Champions League semifinal second leg, telling COPE it was "one team who played ugly football against the best team in the world."
- Bayern Munich feel "cheated" after some tight decisions allowed Atletico Madrid to advance, chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
- Pep Guardiola hopes that incoming manager Carlo Ancelotti can...