Pep warns City CAN'T maintain levels from second half against PSG

‘It will be tough, we will suffer’: Pep Guardiola warns Manchester City CAN’T maintain their performance levels from stunning second half against PSG last week – but says he’s ‘more calm’

  • Manchester City hold a 2-1 lead going into Tuesday’s semi-final second leg 
  • Pep Guardiola’s side are looking to reach their first ever Champions League final 
  • The City boss insisted he was not focusing at all on PSG in the build-up 

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists his team will have to ‘suffer’ against PSG tomorrow night with a place in the Champions League final on the line at the Etihad. 

City hold a 2-1 lead after an impressive performance and result in Paris last week as Guardiola’s side look to reach the Champions League final for the first time. Guardiola believes his team should not play with emotion as they look to reach the final for the first time.   

City came from behind last week at the Parc des Princes after a stunning display in the second-half – but Guardiola warns it isn’t possible to maintain that level over 90 minutes and his side must adapt at times on Tuesday night.   

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists all his focus is on his own team ahead of tomorrow

Emotions means you can’t predict a game, but it can be completely different to what you expect,’ Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference on Monday.

‘You can’t play 90 minutes like we played the second half. It’s not going to happen, it will be tough, we will suffer. I’m sure we will react well and impose. It comes from inside, visualise what we have to do. 

‘It’s not different from what we’ve done over the last eight months, we don’t demand anything special. It’s real tough, the Premier League is the same level as PSG, you always play difficult games in the Champions League too. 

‘To do what we’ve done this season, in the bad moments stay calm, take the ball, try to regain our momentum and try to win the game. How big will be our good moments will be the difference. 

‘After that belongs to the players, the desire to do something nice for us, to make a step forward, to individually say we will win the game.’  

Guardiola also confirmed he had no fresh injury concerns, though defender Eric Garcia is still absent through illness.  

More to follow…  

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