Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, You has boasted that his legacy as Manchester City boss is already “exceptional” as the English champions aim to finally turn their domestic dominance into European glory.
Guardiola made this statement on Tuesday at his pre-match press conference.
He said, “My legacy, our legacy is exceptional already. We are not stupid (not) to know how important is tomorrow’s game. It’s one of the most important since we are together here.
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“We cannot deny that, for the competition, for the rival, for many things. I said to the players: ‘Live it like a huge opportunity, enjoy the moment’.
“How fortunate we are. We are incredibly lucky to be here. It’s in our hands, it depends on us, we don’t have to do something exceptional, just be ourselves and win one game to reach a final.”
Recall that City hosted Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday with the tie delicately poised at 1-1.
City’s dreams were shattered by a stunning late Madrid fightback when the sides met in last season’s semi-final.
But this time Guardiola’s men crucially have a home advantage in the second leg and boast a formidable record at the Etihad.
City has never lost at home in the Champions League for five years running and have won all 14 games on home soil in 2023.
Speaking further, Guardiola, who twice won the competition as Barcelona coach, said, “It’s a dream come true to be here. We arrive really good for the fact we are in the FA Cup final, one game away to win the Premier League and semi-final of the Champions League, but at the same time we have to play much better than the Madrid (away) game.”