Pep Guardiola did not see the draw of the Champions League, because Man City still has to get past Real Madrid
‘Madrid is all I have in my heart and mind’: Pep Guardiola says he didn’t bother to watch the Champions League draw, while Manchester City still have to get past Zinedine Zidane’s men
- Pep Guardiola said he didn’t bother to watch the Champions League draw
- Manchester City have yet to pass Real Madrid in their last 16 game
- They will face Juventus or Lyon in the quarterfinals as they progress
- The city boss said it is unlikely that Sergio Aguero will be available to meet Madrid
Pep Guardiola claimed he hadn’t bothered to watch the Champions League draw, as Manchester City still has to get past Real Madrid.
UEFA confirmed this week that City will host the second leg next month after their 2-1 win at Bernabeu in February.
City usually watch European draws as a group on the club’s training ground, but Guardiola suggested that they twist a tie that would tie them to Juventus or Lyon in the last eight.
Pep Guardiola said he has not seen the Champions League draw that took place on Friday
Manchester City’s manager said he is focused on passing Real Madrid in the last 16
The city boss also reiterated that striker Sergio Aguero, who is currently recovering from knee surgery, is unlikely to be available for Real’s visit early next month.
“Maybe there is no one in this club who knows Real better than I do and I know their potential,” said Guardiola.
“I saw the draw two or three hours after it was made. We have Brighton on Saturday, then Arsenal and Madrid is all I have in my heart and mind.
Guardiola reiterated that it is unlikely that Sergio Aguero will be available for the return match
“If we think about the next steps, the king of the Real Madrid game will put us out. (Playing at home is) not much of an advantage, it is what it is. In a knockout game you have two games: one at home and one at home. ‘
City have already secured a top-four place in the Premier League, as Manchester United and Leicester City have yet to play each other. They are eagerly awaiting whether the Court of Arbitration for Sport will revoke a two-year European ban on Monday.
Guardiola has noticed the fluctuating form of Bernardo Silva this season, but sent a message to some of his other stars praising the character of the Portuguese international.
The city boss praised the character of Bernado Silva, with the midfielder undergoing a dip in form
“He’s a special player to me. He doesn’t change his mood whether he is playing or not, ”Guardiola added.
“There are players who are just happy when they play and when they don’t they make you feel like they are not happy and act like a little kid.
Bernardo knows what happened and is always the same person. He is incredible to me. I will always be grateful for the time we spent together and I want to help him get back to his level. If there’s one player you want to help the most, it’s Bernardo Silva. ‘