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Guardiola warns City against another Champions League failure

Guardiola warns City against another Champions League failure

Pep Guardiola urges his side not to lose focus when they host Real Madrid on Friday.

Manchester City take a 2-1 lead into their last 16 Champions League fixture against Real Madrid.

Over the past two seasons, City tumbled to defensive deficiencies and some odd Guardiola choices.

His CV shows no Champions League in the last nine years and no semi-final since 2016.

Most of the goals his side conceded were in the 19th-minute mark and that’s a concern for Pep Guardiola.

“Yeah definitely,” Guardiola told a news conference when asked whether it was a concern. “More than conceding a goal is the way we concede a goal.

“When they are brilliant and make a good action, we have to accept it.

“But most of them were goals we could have avoided. We have to avoid it. Making mistakes in this competition punishes you a lot.

“We know it. We spoke about it many times, not this week but the last years, many times. If we want to make a step forward as a team to be close to winning this competition, we have to be better in this area.”

“When you think that you’ve got one of his tactical plans covered, he’ll hit you with another tactical plan or revert to the original one that you thought he was going to start with,” he observed.

“In the dim and distant past, we played the first leg and what we can remember from the first leg we’ve put to good use.

“We spoke about that game and since then we’ve watched all Madrid’s games since LaLiga restarted.

“We’ve spoken about how we think Madrid might approach this game. But what we’ve done more in these past two weeks is talked about what we can do – how we can hurt Madrid and areas we can cause problems for them.”


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