Champions League: Manchester City take on Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final second leg at Etihad on Tuesday with Pep Guardiola’s side having the opportunity to reach their first-ever final in the European elite competition.
Pep Guardiola eyes maiden Champions League final berth with Manchester City (Reuters Photo)
- Pep Guardiola hoping to reach first-ever Champions League final with Manchester City
- City are heading into semi-final 2nd leg at Etihad with 2-1 lead over PSG
- We don’t want to miss this opportunity: Guardiola upbeat ahead of semifinals
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola urged his players to be calm and control their emotions in the Champions League semi-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Guardiola’s City have the opportunity to reach their first-ever final in the elite European competition.
Manchester City hold a 2-1 lead after a strong show in Paris last week. Guardiola acknowledges that City are chasing history but he wants players not to give too much thought to it and focus on the job at hand.
Guardiola, who won the trophy twice as Barcelona coach, has urged his team to play with the same confidence that has helped them dominate the Premier League this season. City are at the top of the league table and are primed to win the title.
“We don’t want to miss this opportunity. I have the feeling we are going to do well,” Guardiola said on the eve of the semi-final in Manchester.
“It’s the first time most of us are here together – I know what we’re playing for, in these games you don’t need much emotions – be calm and know what you have to do. They have to visualise they can do it. What we have to do is no different to what they’ve done in last seven months, go out there, play our game and win.”
PSG forward Kylian Mbappe is doubtful for the match at the Etihad Stadium having missed the weekend’s league win over Lens with a calf injury. Video footage circulating on social media showed the French World Cup winner limping on his arrival in Manchester, but Guardiola has no doubts over Mbappe’s availability.
“He’s going to play. I’m looking forward to him playing,” Guardiola said. “For the football, for the game itself, hopefully he can play,” Guardiola added.
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