- Match Analysis
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted that Wembley holds a special place in his heart, and has also noted that Middelsbrough will not be easy opponents for his side.
“It’s so beautiful and that’s why I’d like to be there. As a football player I won our first Champions League in Wembley, the old Wembley, and as a manager I won my second Champions League there, so of course Wembley is special for me, definitely.
“When I was a kid seeing English football playing in Wembley in all competitions, important games, the tradition there with the two managers going out, I loved that.
“It’s a traditional stadium and of course we’ll be pleased, and not just to come back and remember what we have done. Playing the semi-finals there will be nice and after, if we are able, to play the final.”
Guardiola said: “They are really well organised and long balls make Middlesbrough so dangerous. Adama [Traore] is so fast on the counter.
“We were not able to win here in our game. In the first half we played amazing but we didn’t score a goal and in the second half we had chances but we didn’t play like the first half.
“In the last minute they scored a goal. So we have to focus and play as well as possible.”
Guardiola also spoke when asked about Joe Hart, who is currently on loan to Italian side Torino.
He said: “I have said many times we will explain about all the cases at the end of the season – the cases of the players that are here, the players who are happy or unhappy and the players who are on loan.
“Joe is a player for Manchester City and we are going to decide at the end of the season.”