Time for Pep Guardiola to throw the dice: Only two wins in four days will do for the boss of Manchester City if he goes for broke to keep Quadruple dream alive
- Manchester City hosts Tottenham twice in four season-defining days this week
- On Wednesday, Spurs takes a 1-0 lead to Manchester in the Champions League
- On the weekend, City has to win to keep the Premier League title match under control
- Pep Guardiola, city manager, said about the games: & # 39; They are absolute finals for us & # 39;
Another way to get through time is inside the dressing room of Manchester City, while Pep Guardiola players are looking for new ways to relax.
Benjamin Mendy has introduced the South American dice game Perudo to his teammates and four new boxes at the City Football Academy this week.
A hit with winners of the French World Cup last summer, Perudo encourages high-risk strategies and celebrates the art of bluffing. Both are qualities that their manager appreciates when deploying, especially in the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City hosts Tottenham twice in four season-defining days this week
Kidology played a lot for a tempting double-header with Tottenham, because he had sarcastically agreed that not canceling the Champions League would be considered a failure.
What he could not dispute is that City has to throw the dice this week. Guardiola described the two home games against Spurs as seasonal. And they have to win them both – on Wednesday night in the second part of the Champions League and on Saturday in the competition – if a hugely promising campaign is not meant to fall flat.
Two victories and the prospect of a historic four-fold would be solidified by Saturday afternoon. Similarly, the City season can rise in smoke with a draw or defeat. The FA Cup and the League Cup-double would offer little comfort.
Guardiola faced the media on the eve of the clash between the Champions League and Spurs
& # 39; If we don't win these games, we have two games & # 39 ;, Guardiola said. & # 39; They are absolute finals for us. I already had that feeling weeks ago. But I have often said that the Premier League is the most important. & # 39;
The message from his players is that the Quadruple is firmly in their mind. John Stones spoke about the chances of the team and said: & We are still working on the Quadruple and that is the dream we want to achieve. We fight for it every day. We must trust that it will get the best out of us.
Moeten We must enjoy the pressure to fight for the titles and these great games. You get the best out of yourself when you are under that control and you find who you are as a player and the players around you. It is a privileged position to be inside and we must seize every opportunity. & # 39;
To bring that to fruition, Guardiola will have to win his first Champions League since 2011. The Catalan record in the competition is mocked by his opponents, especially the failure to reach a final during his three years in charge of Bayern Munich.
John Stones said: & # 39; We are still working on the Quadruple and that is the dream we want to achieve & # 39;
There have been great moments when Guardiola failed in this competition, but also great moments when his genius was clear. After all, he won it twice in 2009 and 2011. Another one would put him on a par with Bob Paisley, Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane.
Some near City believe that if we start with two midfielders and let Kevin De Bruyne rest for last week's 1-0 defeat at Spurs, it might also be a masterful attack on Wednesday's full-time whistle. De Bruyne certainly looked fresh and wore City during the final stages of Sunday's victory at Crystal Palace.
& # 39; If my teams don't win the Champions League, & # 39; & # 39; they fail all the time, & # 39; Guardiola said, raising her eyebrows. & # 39; I have to win. The chairman asked me to win three times in a row. We try to do our best and we will see it tomorrow.
& # 39; I know people say I am here to win the Champions League. I didn't come here to win the Champions League honestly. Of course I want it. I know in Bayern Munich, a large club, after three seasons absolutely everything won (domestically), then the Champions League was a big failure.
& # 39; What can I say? I accept that. I have to live with that, but it's not a big, big problem, it pushes me to get better. Many large, large clubs are not in the later stages. & # 39;
The semi-finals of this competition are still largely unknown territory for City. Their only appearance was in 2016, months before Guardiola arrived, and that is partly why the manager is so strongly opposed to questions about his file.
He described City as & # 39; teenagers & # 39; in Europe because of their lack of experience and know that the supporters of the club are not fully involved due to long-term disputes with UEFA. Nevertheless, there is a realization that this talented team must now go further. Keeping their guts in major cup competitions was not always the strongest suit in the city.
& # 39; Vinnie (Kompany) made a good time for Crystal Palace that these types of games can bring out the best in us & # 39 ;, Stones said. & # 39; We must trust ourselves and our teammates that it will get the best out of us and that we perform. We have to believe. & # 39;
VIEW OF THE EXPERTS
I think Pep Guardiola has considered that Manchester City can score more goals at home than Tottenham in their new stadium.
The side of Mauricio Pochettino got one in the first stage, but I don't know if that will be enough to let them through to the semi-final.
For City on Wednesday, it will be an attack, an attack, an attack. No matter how much I respect Spurs, it will undoubtedly be too much to deal with.
Spurs has pace throughout the team and we know how the Manchester City from Pep Guardiola likes to play.
Cities take risks and that leaves them exposed to counterattacks. That's why I think Tottenham will get a goal, but I also think City will score a few.
The Guardiola players will feel that they have a point to prove. They will want to show how serious they are with the Quadruple.