Guardiola: Man City must be "almost perfect" to advance

Lawrence Cooper
April 10, 2018

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho claims that Liverpool are a "long ball" team ahead of their Champions League clash on Tuesday.

"It's pretty clear that defending a 3-0 lead here is going to be a bit of a odd situation", Van Dijk told a news conference on Monday afternoon.

The greatest moment in the club's recent history came when they trailed AC Milan by the same 3-0 scoreline in the 2005 final in Istanbul and no-one needs reminding of how that turned out.

Liverpool have a commanding 3-0 lead after a first half blitz tore very big holes in the Manchester City ship, but we are only halfway through a fascinating Champions League tie.

"They trail Liverpool 3-0 after the first leg but if I was a City player, would I still believe they can get through?"

"I think Liverpool will go through, because they've got that 3-0 lead, but the game is not over".

Guardiola will set his team out to create as many chances as possible, but does not want to see heads drop if they fail to make early in-roads in their quest for unlikely progression. That's what I think.

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"It won't be easy, but we want to fight for that".

"I'm not interested in these kind of labels, favourites and underdogs", Reds boss Jurgen Klopp told a news conference. That's what we were last week.

This win is the only one for Citi against Liverpool in the last nine games between the two teams in all competitions (two draws and six defeats). I'm not interested in what changed. We were in the lead, nothing else.

He added, "If we are not able to go through because of psychological damage then it will be a good lesson for the future".

Liverpool will be going to the Etihad with a three-goal advantage as they beat Manchester City at Anfield by a three-goal margin.

United did it a bit differently but both Liverpool and Spurs are capable of the kind of intense press and then breaking from high positions that causes City problems - and I am sure the Reds will try to do it again at the Etihad. It's better than I could have expected, but we all know and you all know that there is still a lot of work to do. "But if we're not clinical we have to think, next one, next one, next one".

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