City need a 'perfect game', says Guardiola

10 April, 2018, 20:46 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • UEFA Champions League 2017-2018 Quarterfinals: Man City Vs. Liverpool, Start Time, Live Stream, Preview, Odds

Salah, who has scored 38 goals in his debut season for Liverpool, limped out of last Wednesday's 3-0 first leg win City with a groin problem that kept him out of Saturday's Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park.

Guardiola is conscious that his players may be affected mentally by these reverses and, while striking a positive note by saying his side can use the challenge as inspiration, he understands how hard the task is.

He told a pre-match news conference: "Of course, to go through you have to make nearly the flawless game, create a lot of chances, be clinical, and the chances we're going to receive, defend well and the keeper save it".

"All the conditions have to be flawless". Hopefully we can do it, maybe it will be next season, but sooner or later that's going to happen in the club.

"The first 20 minutes are going to be so important in deciding the outcome and if City get an early goal, their confidence will soar and I think they will go on and get the other two". The ideal scenario is to go through. Having won the Bundesliga the Bavarians lost three league games on the trot - more than in the rest of the whole campaign - in their fixtures sandwiched by the semi-final.

"You can really see over time he has been manager how we have progressed and become much stronger pretty much month by month". The chances we receive, we have to defend well.

"Then we can apply our type of game".

The spirited German has built a high-paced tournament team that is perfectly capable of living up to the hype of big nights under the lights-as shown by their dominance over long-time Champions League favorites Manchester City.

"We need titles in Europe - it's complicated [to achieve] but you need nights that make you understand it". We all know about Pep, best coach in the world.

City can win the Champions League in the near future, he said.


Guardiola was hired to make the club a force in the Champions League and they were made to look like novices against the European royalty of Liverpool last week. But hopefully we can do it.

"I think to reach the semi-final would be the second time in our lovely history". That's what I am talking about in terms of not needing examples. My team is extraordinary.

"He is a fantastic team manager and player manager as well".

However, Klopp's patience to get his prime target has been rewarded as Van Dijk has spearheaded a turnaround in Liverpool's ability to keep opponents at bay.

He said, "I don't know but if we are not able to cope with that psychologically it will be a good lesson for the future". "It is a test. Football, like life, is a challenge". We are happy to handle it. It's more than 90 minutes but we showed many times, in a short period we can create chances and you have to be clinical. He defended the title the following season and the year after that he led Dortmund agonizingly close to Champions League glory. We are only in the lead.

During the two matches in which Lahoz has refereed at the Etihad Stadium, he has awarded three penalties to... Missiles were thrown at at City's bus last week, with the damage bad enough to remove the vehicle from commission for the trip home.

"I am happy I am a Liverpool player and that's about it".

There will, though, be an increased security presence.

What time does the Manchester City v Liverpool match start? Then we can apply our type of game.

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