Manchester: Pep Guardiola (Pixel) On Monday he called on his Manchester City players to control their emotions if they want to reach the Champions League final for the first time ever, as they lead 2-1 in the second leg of the semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain.
City came from behind with an amazing performance in the second half of the year in the French capital last week, taking a giant step towards the goal that has been chasing him since Sheikh Mansour in 2008 seized the club’s fortunes.
Guardiola has won the Champions League twice as a coach when he was in charge of Barcelona, but he has failed to do so in the past ten years, having suffered a painful exit from top European club competitions such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City coach.
City came close to claiming the Premier League title for the third time in four years at the weekend, and Guardiola urged his team to maintain the same focus they enjoyed throughout the season to beat Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
“The second leg of the semi-final has always been the most difficult match, more than the final.” We must control our emotions in his pre-match press conference to do exactly what we have to do. “
“You can’t play for 90 minutes like we did in the second half (in Paris). I’d like it but that won’t happen.
“You have to understand that it will be a big fight and we will suffer. They have to imagine that we will do that.
“What we have to do is not different from what we have done for the past seven months. Get out, play our game and win.”
Paris Saint-Germain also dreams of winning the Champions League for the first time, but if they want to advance to the final for the second season in a row, they will need to score at least two goals in the Union.
City did not concede more than once in a Champions League match throughout the season, as the center-back partnership between Robin Dias and John Stones eliminated the kind of defensive lapses that had cost Guardiola’s men in previous years in this competition.
The Stones admitted that the England champions should remain wary of the “global” talent of PSG superstars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, but said City were confident of finally reaching the final.
“I think (we’re) quietly confident, we should be.” “It’s a great occasion for us as players and as a club, and it’s a chance to reach the Champions League final,” said Stones.
“We have to go where we left off. We are really confident and excited about the next challenge.”
He is suspected of having Mbappe injured after missing Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Lens due to calf fatigue.
The French World Cup winner traveled to Manchester with the rest of the Paris Saint-Germain squad and Guardiola rejected any indication that he would not be available.
Guardiola added: “He is going to play.” “I look forward to playing it, for football and the game itself.” – France Press agency