Manchester City advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League and achieved a victory that can be viewed from several angles. First, it sounds a bit bizarre that an attacking coach like Pep Guardiola made a defensive wall.
City beat Monchengladbach again without conceding a goal (2: 0), which is their seventh game in a row and only Arsenal achieved a better score in the 2005/06 season when they saved the net in eight games. Furthermore, Guardiola surpassed Jose Mourinho with the triumph over the Germans in terms of the number of victories in the Champions League.
The Spaniard was 82nd and now has one more than the Portuguese. All that aside, Pep did not go crazy after the match but insisted that there is no room for euphoria, even though City has a phenomenal passing time throughout the season.
Is this just part of Guardiola's tactics to get the pressure off his team? "It was good, we will celebrate a little. Everything is as it should be, but everything can change in one day. There is a national-team break, we can't know in what condition the players will return."
City expect some tough games in which they will have to win "After that, we are playing against Leicester, then the Champions League, Leeds, and then the Champions League again. Who knows what will happen ", Guardiola is careful.
Mnahcester City has a new chance
City reached the quarterfinals another season, but under Pep's command, they persistently miss the semifinals. A new chance is at the door. "In football, if you deserve to go further - you will pass.
I'm not worried about the semifinals. You need to think about how to win, not what awaits you. The only thing I care about is Everton (Saturday, FA Cup), nothing more than that ”. And, again, the manager of Citizens cannot but praise the football players, who are playing an exceptional season.
"I am impressed and delighted with our players. In the Premier League, they have 14 points more than the other, we are in the final of the Carabao Cup, in the quarterfinals of the Champions League and we will fight for the semifinals of the FA Cup.
We have an obligation to try to win everything ", said Guardiola. He now has 82 victories in the Champions League, the next target is Arsene Wenger, who collected 86. All that aside, Pep did not go crazy after the match but insisted that there is no room for euphoria, even though City has a phenomenal passing time throughout the season.