Pep guardiola assured on tuesday before receiving real Madrid His team feel “more free at home” to face the Champions League semi-final second leg.
During the press conference, coach Manchester City He was asked why the whites were so superior in this tournament and how to beat them. The Catalan also spoke of the legacy he will leave with the ‘Citizens’ when it comes time to leave.
A ‘final’ against Madrid
“I would sign last year’s 4-3. Sometimes the party itself decides. Many things come into play in this competition that neither the players nor the coach can control. We have a plan , But they will too. If things don’t go the way we thought, we have to react quickly.”
The level of Madrid players
“I always approach this competition thinking what we can do. Obviously, we know Madrid. But that doesn’t mean we are going to control it.”
Why is Madrid so much better in the Champions League?
“I don’t know, if I knew I would try to copy the method. But I would say this because they always have players of a very high level. To beat Madrid you have to adjust things, change things. We have to change, we have to create more chances. When we won it with Barca it was because we had players of a high level.”
I’m not going to say that, but we’re not going to do anything special either. We have to play more relaxed and be more fluid. They’ll get more rest.”
Who’s the favorite?
“I don’t know, I can’t say. We’re in the playoffs every season and in the end the team that deserves it wins. In my mind it’s going well and explaining to the fans that something different We don’t need to. We feel at home we are more free and we play more relaxed. I have played ten semi-finals and lost seven. I know the feelings, but there are many things in the world of football that Can’t be controlled.”
The legacy he leaves in the city
“The legacy is that they have had an explosion for many years. People will remember that we scored many goals, scored some goals and we won many titles. I’ve had a good time here over the years. It’s like a good book. And maybe people in Europe don’t see any of it, but they’ve had a great time here. It’s a legacy.”
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“You don’t have to put so much pressure on yourself. I think the players have done a lot, even if they think they haven’t. They just have to play one football game. They know how good Madrid are.” And it’s a privilege to be here.”
“Being here is a dream come true. No one guarantees us to be here, so once we’re here, we go for it. And stick by the hard times, because we’ll suffer. I know I am sure that the fans will be with us. They will not leave us alone. They will be with us in difficult moments”.
Four games for treble
“My legacy here is extraordinary already, isn’t it? (laughs). We already know the importance of the Champions League, yes. But you have to live it enjoying the moment. We are incredibly lucky to be here It is in our hands, we are not dependent on anything extraordinary, we just have to win one game. I feel very positive.”
”It matters, but in front is Real Madrid, who will play a great game. We have to improve in the first phase, try to get more balls into the attack. We respect Madrid a lot, it is a challenge, a challenge and we are going to do everything.