Guardiola, who has won the trophy twice with Barcelona, insists the tie is far from over but says his team must play with the same confidence they have played all season.
Guardiola is confident that his players will react well and impose themselves
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City should not miss the opportunity to make history with a first-ever Champions League final in touching distance. Man City lead 2-1 against Paris Saint-Germain ahead of their huge second leg clash at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night. Guardiola, who has won the trophy twice with Barcelona, insists the tie is far from over but says his team must play with the same confidence they have played all season. “We don’t want to miss this opportunity by not being ourselves and doing a good game. I have a feeling that we are going to do well,” Guardiola told reporters. When asked how his players can control their emotions, he added: “They need to understand that this will be a big battle, a tough game with moments to suffer, but I’m pretty sure we will react well and impose ourselves.”
City had tough games in the PL and UCL
“They have to visualise they can do it. We have to do no different from what they have done in the last seven months, go out there, play our game, and win. We are not going to demand anything special. We’ve had tough, tough games in the Premier League – the same level as PSG.” City’s advantage was built on a strong second-half executive in the first leg at Parc des Princes. Guardiola controlled the second half and got their rewards with goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez. Guardiola expects the French champions, who have already won this season in Europe away to Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, will be just as challenging perspective at Etihad stadium.
“I do not expect that in one second, we’re going to play 90 minutes like that second half in Paris. How fast we play where we want to play, that will be important,” Guardiola noted. “After that, it belongs to the players, desire to do something good for all of us in our lives and be remembered forever, and they have to take a step forward and individually help the team win the game – we are going to do it. In my experience, the semi-finals are always difficult. You play with the result of the first match, thinking about the final, you can forget what you have to do, and which is to win the game you are playing.”