Although his team won the Champions League cracker against FC Bayern 3-0 and missed chances to score more goals, Man City coach Pep Guardiola suffered in the 90 minutes, as he admitted after the game.
“It wasn’t pleasant at all. I was emotionally devastated and aged 10 years,” said Guardiola after the final whistle of a “challenging game” for his team, which ultimately prevailed against a Munich team that was equal for long periods.
“It was a tight game in the first 55 to 60 minutes. Sometimes they were better, sometimes we were,” analyzed the Catalan, who particularly lamented the start of the second half. “They were stronger there. We didn’t make it, they [in dieser Phase] to control.”
After that, however, he made a few adjustments, Guardiola added: “And then we were better.” All in all, it was an “incredible result”, said the city coach, who did not want to talk about a semi-final.
“We have to do better in Munich so that we don’t suffer so much. I’ve been there a lot and I know that this team is special. It takes two top games, not just one, to knock out such top teams,” warned Guardiola his team before the second leg at the Allianz Arena.
Guardiola expects a “different” FC Bayern in the second leg
After all: There is no great guesswork for the Catalan before the trip to Munich. “I know exactly what we have to do there,” said Guardiola. “If we don’t play well, they can score one, two or three goals. I know that and my players know that.”
At home in Etihad, his team has “something special” this season, said the coach. “We have momentum, we’re cold as ice and we have our weapons. But that also applies to Munich,” Guardiola expects to meet another Bayern team in the second leg. Therefore, his team’s goal is to go forward: “We go there and try to score goals and win the game. If we don’t do that, it will be difficult.”