The Manchester City manager acknowledged not having changed the preparation for the match against Borussia Mönchengladbach, alluding to the way of functioning that has brought success to the Etihad Stadium, always thinking about the next match.
After accumulating 25 games without losing between the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, Manchester City will face Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Champions League. The round of 16 will open in Budapest due to the COVID-19 protocols.
The action returns in the maximum continental competition, three months later. Despite this long break in the tournament, Guardiola He admitted that he will not change the way in which he will face the game and assured that his attention is on his own team.
“It is the same process. We think about the Borussia game, then West Ham, then Wolverhampton and then Manchester United. This is what we will do. We are going step by step, match by match, ”explained the Catalan coach at the pre-match press conference in Budapest.
“Tomorrow we play a soccer game. We have changed a lot in competition, from the Carabao Cup, to the FA Cup, to the Premier League and now to the Champions League. It’s a soccer game, 90 minutes. We will try to play a good game and achieve a result, then we will start thinking about West Ham. “
“We have the desire to play well, not only in this competition. That desire was the day of Arsenal, and against Everton. It is what we have to do. Then, if we deserve it, we will win and then we will play the round. And if we are good enough we will pass. There is no more expectation than that. We have not prepared the game more than any other ”.
Pep Guardiola He highlighted the need for his players to be focused and alert against Borussia that beat a group that also included Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk. He insisted that a good preparation would be the key to beating the Germans, it is not enough to rely on experience.
“It’s a game, we have to be focused for 90 minutes like we do in the Premier League. The only difference is that we don’t know the Mönchengladbach players that well. We have to, we need to get to know them a little better. They had a tough group with Real Madrid, Shakhtar and Inter, and they did incredibly well ”.
During the press conference prior to the first leg of the round of 16, the Catalan coach also updated the injured list, in which Nathan Aké is the only name. A muscular problem has kept the central defender absent for 16 games, having participated for the last time in Boxing Day against Newcastle United, although he has already started training alone and is gradually approaching an optimal physical level to compete: ” Everyone is available, savo Nathan ”.
Guardiola Nor did he offer any news regarding the choice of a penalty taker: “Right now I think about the line-up. It is not clear to me because I need to see how the players recover and how they feel. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will decide ”.