Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City players to embrace the “big Paris-Saint Germain” challenge

Manchester City are close to making history as they look to protect a 2-1 lead in the second leg of the Champions League semi finals.


Manchester City will be on the verge of history on Tuesday when they gear up to face Paris in the second leg of the Champions League. City have already done the hard part and come away with a 2-1 away victory in Paris in the first leg.

However, Pep Guardiola who last won the competition with Barcelona in 2012 knows that their is still plenty of work to be done in the second leg in England. The Spaniard has urged his players to remain calm and embrace the big occasion which would be a first for many of his players.

The semi-final second leg is always the difficult one”- says Guardiola

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Manchester City players celebrating their 2-1 win over Paris in the first leg of the semi-finals

From my experience the semi-finals are always difficult. You play with the result of the first leg, you play with your mind on the final and sometimes you forget what you have to do – win the game you are playing,” said Guardiola in his pre-match press conference.

The semi-final second leg is always the difficult one – always has been like this. Final is completely different.”

You have to understand it will be a big battle, a tough game with moments to suffer, but I’m pretty sure we are going to react well and impose what we have to do.”

What we have to do is no different to what we have done in the last seven or eight months; go out there, play our game and win. In the bad moments, stay calm, take the ball and try to regain our momentum.”

How big will be our good moments – that will be the difference. The desire to be remembered forever, we have to make a step forward and we’re going to do it.”

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