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Guardiola with Manchester City-PSG: "I hope Mbappé will play, for football"


Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola wanted to be calm and optimistic at a press conference, on the eve of receiving PSG in the Champions League semi-final second leg and a week after a 2-1 victory in Paris.

State of mind before the match:

“It's a privilege to experience that, to play these semi-finals.

For most of us at the club it's a first, we'll try to have a good game tomorrow and we'll see what happens. "

Is this the biggest game of his career:

“I don't know.

I know perfectly well why we are playing.

But sometimes in this kind of game you don't need a lot of emotion, just to be calm and know what to do.

I don't need to tell everyone.

The players, the staff, the doctors, the cooks, everyone knows how important it is, and that we have been waiting for this for years.

We played against PSG a week ago, I talked a little more about them, there is less need.

We are focused on us, us and what we have to do. ”

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What makes PSG dangerous:

"It's the same danger as the first leg, the same danger as against Chelsea, Real, Bayern, Barça, all the big clubs in Europe. They can adapt, their manager (Mauricio Pochettino) is so smart. I don't know what they're going to do. I know the desire to go to the final, it's normal. What we need to do is stay focused on ourselves. Stay united in difficult times. Winning the game means defending well, being patient and trying to score goals. And that's what we're going to try to do. ”

Better to be the hunter or the hunted:

“We haven't talked about that.

Football is unpredictable and sometimes you have to come back to the score.

Tomorrow, in difficult times, I know we will react well.

We know what we have to do to get to the final.

It just needs to be repeated.

It's an incredible team, everyone knows that.

At the same time, we know how good we can be.

Tomorrow at 9 p.m., we'll have to be there and do it again.

It is not very complicated."

"We're not going to play 90 minutes like we played the second half (first leg)"

Pep Guardiola, Manchester City coach

The group almost complete:

“Eric Garcia is sick, he is still not ready.

The rest of the team is ok. ”

Concerns before the game?

“I would say several things, and at the same time I am incredibly optimistic. I have already said that at this stage of the competition I am calmer than before. The players trained well yesterday and today. You know, the semi-final second leg is always the toughest game, more than the final. We will try to control our emotions to do exactly what we need to do. We are trying to convince the players that this is the best way to win this match. "

Learn from previous failures:

“I would like to feel that we have learned from our defeats, but it's still a mystery. When you take something for granted, you are then surprised, in a good way or in a bad way. Life will always give you another opportunity, another challenge. We were very disappointed the last two seasons against Tottenham and Lyon. Maybe we will have a bad game tomorrow. Right now, I think we will have an incredible match and go to the final. This is my feeling. We don't want to miss this opportunity, we want to be ourselves and play a good game. "

Control your emotions:

“We're not going to play 90 minutes like we played the second half (first leg).

I would love to but it's not going to happen.

It will be a difficult game, we will suffer, but I am sure that we will react well and that we will impose our game. We have to visualize what we have to do, that we will have a good game.

What we have to do is no different from what we have been doing in the last 6-7 months.

It is to go there and win.

We're not going to ask for anything special.

In bad times, stay calm, take the ball, regain our momentum and win the game.

And after that, it's up to the players. "

Mbappé uncertain:

“He will play.

And I can't wait for him to play, for football, for the game.

I hope he will play. ”

Mbappé and Neymar disappointing in the first leg:

“They played very well.

In the first half, they were exceptional.

Mbappé was dangerous.

In the second half we were better, and they were worse.

Mbappé and Neymar have been criticized for losing.

I think they played well. ”

Interview in press conference

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Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-05-03

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