Jack Grealish has revealed the touching text messages he received from his mum following Manchester City’s Champions League match against Real Madrid.
Grealish played the full 90 minutes as Man City drew 1-1 with the La Liga giants in their semi-final first leg clash at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.
Kevin De Bruyne cancelled out Vinicius Junior’s stunning opener as the tie remains in the balance ahead of next Wednesday’s second-leg at the Etihad.
After the result, Grealish spoke to BT Sport, where he touched on his duel with Dani Carvajal, who was slammed by fans for his challenge in the first half.
The Man City forward also revealed he got a wholesome text message from his mum, where she said these are the ‘nights you dreamt of as a kid’.
“Yeah, I loved it man!” 😎
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He said: “You have texts from my mum and she said these are the nights you dreamed of as a kid. Everyone in the world was watching, I pinch myself to be like this is the life isn’t it?!”
The England international added: “We were saying before the game these are the nights that you play football for, these are the nights you dream of.
“It’s like a dream come true really.
“We have a new team this year, different players and it’s a year ago. One thing we have is the perfect balance of experience and a few youngsters.
“We just have quality. I have never felt more confident going onto the pitch having these players around me.
“Yeah it’s obviously difficult. They let us have the first pass a few times and they had a high press after.
“Manager says keep the ball. Playing against Carvajal was tough.
“People said to me last night you know what he’s going to be like. It was a good battle.”
Grealish has starred under Pep Guardiola this season and will likely start in the second-leg. He’s played 45 games in all competitions this campaign, having settled in following his big-money transfer from Aston Villa.
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