The Manchester City coach asked his players to achieve the perfect match to reach the first C1 final in the club’s history.
Manchester City did the hardest last Wednesday by beating PSG at the Parc des Princes in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League, but the Cityzens will have to confirm this result on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola’s men will do everything to qualify for their first Champions League final in the history of the Mancunian club. And for that, Manchester City will not be able to rest on its laurels, under penalty of being punished.
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Pep Guardiola took advantage of the match against Crystal Palace and the large lead in the Premier League standings to turn and rest the players who played in the first leg against Paris Saint-Germain to arrive in the best possible conditions before this meeting capital for the season and the history of Cityzens. After the game against the Eagles, Pep Guardiola stressed the importance of achieving an almost perfect match against PSG to qualify.
“Everyone knows that we are experiencing something special“said Guardiola. “We are a step towards being champions again, three times in four years in this country, something more than remarkable. And we will play in the semi-finals of the Champions League (trying) to reach the final for the first times for this club. But we have to do our job. Tuesday we have to do the almost perfect performance. “
“My players respond on the pitch”
“We play the team with maybe the most talented players right now… it’s not just one or two. They can win the game in one action. We have to play as a team with an incredible mentality. to play to win the game. We have to be more aggressive with and without the ball and win the game. That is why everyone’s commitment is there. We will try to make the best selection possible and have a good game “, added the Spaniard.
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Pep Guardiola praised the spirit and healthy competition within his group: “It’s the best compliment we can get, when people – especially our fans – can appreciate the way we play, “added Guardiola.” Sometimes we don’t play well, but we try. Sometimes the opponents are better, but the intention after five years together is to play well. Eight or nine guys on Saturday didn’t play in Paris and were so sad after the game. They were happy with the result, but you want to do your job“.
“But I have said many times that the best way to answer me and do me wrong or make me feel guilty is on the ground. And on Saturday they did. They don’t have to talk to officers. , neither on social networks nor with the media – they talk on the pitch. That’s why we have 80 points, that’s why we are in the Champions League semi-finals, that’s why we won four Carabao Cups back to back and that is why we are achieving incredible numbers and records. Because they are talking on the pitch. Now we are resting and preparing for Tuesday“, concluded the Manchester City coach.