Overthrown by Monaco, swept away by Liverpool, surprised on the line by Tottenham and knocked out by Olympique Lyonnais, Manchester City remains on four big failures in the Champions League. But this year everything is better. Stronger defensively (4 goals conceded in 11 C1 matches) and mentally, the English club rose to the semi-final as in 2016. But this time, the Sky Blues do not want to stop there and want to go to the end. After beating Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the semi-final first leg, Pep Guardiola’s gang want to reach the final. And logically, the mental question comes back on the table when we talk about the performance of the Sky Blues in the Champions League. Often weighed down by bad weather during previous editions, the Cityzens know they are particularly scrutinized.
Immersed in the most important match of his tenure at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola expects anything but a party of fun as he explained in a press conference: “Not much worries me. I try to stay calm. The players have trained well, everyone wants to play. I look at our opponents. We have to control our emotions. A semi-final return is always more difficult than a final, […] based on my experience. A semi-final return is very difficult, because we have in mind the result of the first leg. I’m not saying that the final is easy, nor more difficult, but it’s different. ” Having to manage this match with a new psychological approach – Manchester City have never been in such good shape in this competition – Pep Guardiola knows that he will have to diffuse positive waves.
Pep Guardiola expects a lot from his players
Faced with the failures of the past and in particular the elimination against Tottenham of … Mauricio Pochettino, the current coach of PSG, Pep Guardiola knows that his team can have flaws, but he prefers to keep a positive posture: “I’m not sure if the experience is worth anything. I do not know. I would like to say yes, but we don’t know how we will react. There are unforeseeable moments. Sometimes there are good surprises and sometimes there are bad surprises. Here we are in the semi-final, it gives us pleasure. I don’t think about it too much, but we could play badly on Tuesday and not go to the final. At the same time, I also think that we will play well and go to the final. We don’t want to miss the opportunity. I have the feeling that Tuesday we will do well. ” Confident in his players, he wanted to build on what worked for Manchester this season.
Very consistent since November and the tactical upheavals then operated by Pep Guardiola, Manchester City rolled over the Premier League to the point of being almost champions of England today. Wanting to rely on the strengths of his team to pass the obstacle PSG, the Spanish technician expects his players to focus on themselves above all: “It’s like playing against Madrid, Chelsea, Barça or the other big clubs in Europe. We will try to minimize the danger. I don’t want to talk too much about it because I know they can change their tactics because their coach is very smart. We can only focus on ourselves. You have to attack well and be patient, score goals and try to win the game. “ This is a great opportunity for Manchester City to get rid of its old demons and go to the Champions League final. His future opponent PSG knows it so well since that’s what he was able to do last season.