Pep Guardiola warns that Manchester City will NOT be able to maintain the level of performance against PSG from the second half onwards


‘It will be tough, we will suffer’: Pep Guardiola warns Manchester City CAN’T maintain its level of performance from last week’s stunning second half against PSG – but says he is ‘calmer’.

  • Manchester City are 2-1 ahead of Tuesday’s second leg in the semi-final
  • Pep Guardiola’s team wants to reach their very first Champions League final
  • The City boss believes the clash will be severe against an ‘extraordinary’ side
  • Guardiola added he is ‘calmer’ as his side has a one goal lead in the first leg

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists his team will have to ‘suffer’ against PSG tomorrow night with a place in the Champions League final at stake at the Etihad.

City are leading 2-1 after an impressive performance and result in Paris last week as Guardiola’s side looked forward to reaching the Champions League final for the first time.

The runaway Premier League leaders came from behind at the Parc des Princes last week after a stunning second-half performance – but Guardiola warns that it is not possible to maintain that level for longer than 90 minutes and his side must leave on Tuesday evening and adjust accordingly. .

Riyad Mahrez celebrated his winner last Wednesday when City came from behind against PSG

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists his team will have to ‘suffer’ against PSG tomorrow

“Emotions mean you can’t predict a match, but it can be very different from what you expect,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference on Monday.

‘You can’t play 90 minutes like we played the second half. It’s not going to happen, it’s going to be tough, we’ll suffer. I am sure we will respond and impose well. It comes from within, visualize what we have to do.

‘It’s no different from what we’ve been doing for the past eight months, we don’t demand anything special. It is really difficult, the Premier League is on the same level as PSG, you always play difficult matches in the Champions League.

“To do what we’ve done this season, stay calm in the bad moments, get the ball, try to regain our momentum and try to win the game. How great our good moments will be will make the difference.

“After that, the players want to do something nice for us, to take a step forward, to individually say that we are going to win the match.”

The City boss did reserve praise for counterpart Mauricio Pochettino, but also supported his side to get the job done tomorrow night.

Guardiola believes it will be 'tough' tomorrow night as City offers an 'extraordinary side'

Guardiola believes it will be ‘tough’ tomorrow night as City offers an ‘extraordinary side’

“They are an extraordinary team, everyone knows,” he added.

‘They can create something that no one expects to win. Of course I look at their qualities, but what they leave on the field is fresh. At the same time, we know how good we can be. Tomorrow at 8 pm we have to be there and do it again. It’s not complicated …

“We know they can change shape, their manager is smart, can do something we don’t expect.”

Guardiola also confirmed he had no new injury concerns, although defender Eric Garcia is still absent due to illness.