Manchester City's Guardiola: Tottenham Manchester United games absolute finals

Rex Christensen
April 17, 2019

"You need a bit of luck in important moments in the game".

"The game is still on, we have to go there and fight".

You can see the pattern emerging.

Liverpool welcome Andrew Robertson back into the squad after he missed the Champions League win over Porto in midweek due to suspension while Adam Lallana could return to the squad after a minor muscle problem.

"The players have shown me they want to do it - I didn't have any doubts about that - and we have taken three points from a very hard place to win", said Guardiola. I want you to be part of this team'.

Klopp wanted me to come to Borussia Dortmund, and they played the kind of football that I enjoy.

"They had really hurt me". This is axiomatic. Every manager would be more successful with better players.

It is a scenario which will occur in the next two rounds of fixtures as City will again play before Liverpool.

Manchester City's fans must match the players' desire to reach a Champions League semi-final, according to manager Pep Guardiola.

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Stranger things have happened in the 2018-19 Champions League and Guardiola will be hoping City can overturn the deficit.

"And of course I want the Champions League - I know in Bayern Munich, a big club, after three seasons winning absolutely everything, the Champions League was a big failure".

'The plan was always for me to go on loan for a bit, ' he says. I understand the other [clubs] are better too, in this competition.

Yet, Guardiola's starting line-up seemed stronger than the one he named in defeat to Mauricio Pochettino's men in midweek.

"Tiger Woods and Molinari are playing, so maybe we're going to see both", Guardiola said.

Spurs' first leg victory was helped by a noisy and intense atmosphere from the fans at their new 62,000-capacity stadium, and Guardiola said he needs the fans to generate a similar atmosphere if they are to make the semifinals.

"Definitely, if we don't win these games, we lose the titles", he said.

City, however, sealed the deal with their third of the match as De Bruyne latched on to a poor pass from defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka before feeding substitute Gabriel Jesus who finished emphatically.

Liverpool's bitter rivals Manchester United benefited from VAR in the second leg of their last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain when they were awarded a stoppage-time penalty which sent them through to their first quarter-final in five years.

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