MADRID, 23 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola appealed to concentration this Wednesday, in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Borussia Mönchengladbach, and revealed that he had not prepared “anything special” against the Germans, assuring that they should limit themselves to doing the same thing that has allowed them to lead the Premier League.
“There is nothing special. We think about the Borussia game, then West Ham, Wolverhampton and then Manchester United. This is what we will do. We are going step by step, game by game,” he declared in the pre-match press conference at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
In this sense, he assured that the streak of 25 games without losing and the 18 consecutive victories does not make them get distracted from day to day or think beyond. “Tomorrow we will play a soccer match. 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 is a soccer match, 90 minutes. We will try to play a good match and achieve a good result, then we will start thinking about West Ham, “he said.
“We have to stay 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 need to know them a little better. They had a tough group with Real Madrid, Shakhtar and Inter. and they did it incredibly well, “he continued.
Thus, the Catalan coach explained that the idea is to “play well”, but “not only in this competition”. “That idea was on Arsenal day and against Everton. It’s what we have to do. Then, if we deserve it, we will win, and then we will play the second leg, and if we are good enough, we will pass. There is no other expectation than that. We have not prepared the game more than any other, “he said.
“I don’t like to say that past experience helps. Soccer teaches you millions of examples that teams that have won many Champions or World Leagues can lose in 20 minutes what they won in 45,” he recalled.
Finally, he praised the ‘Gladbach’ coach, Marco Rose, and his players. “He is an exceptional coach. He did an incredible job at Salzburg and ‘Gladbach’, and being signed by Dortmund shows how good he is,” he stressed.
“They have many experienced players. (Yann) Sommer is an exceptional goalkeeper, they have a lot of quality in midfield. It is a solid team, with quality, and I respect the German teams a lot, because I know how strong they are,” he concluded about his rival this Wednesday.