Pep Guardiola felt the burden of expectation on Manchester Metropolis of their Champions League conflict with Borussia Dortmund affected them regardless of their 2-1 win.
Guardiola has by no means made it previous the final eight within the Champions League with Metropolis and their quarter-final regarded set to be one other irritating night time when Marco Reus equalised with six minutes left, cancelling out Kevin De Bruyne’s first-half opener.
Nonetheless, Phil Foden scored a late winner handy Metropolis the benefit going into the return leg in Germany subsequent Wednesday. Their quest for an unprecedented Quadruple life on, though Guardiola felt his group didn’t cope with the stress of being heavy favourites to win such a match within the Champions League.
“Whenever you win 26 video games in 27 and they don’t seem to be successful the Bundesliga, the stress is on our shoulders,” he mentioned.
“All the things is assured for us. All people believed we might win. We had an unimaginable dedication and want to undergo.
“Now we fly there at 2-1 – at all times they rating however we are going to regulate just a few issues we couldn’t do immediately.
“In a peaceful method, one of the best ways attainable, the sport we performed and see what we will do higher.
“We are going to go there to win the sport. I ask the gamers to win the sport. We did it and now we go to Dortmund to not defend.
“We are going to regulate our urgent, regulate our construct up and play 90 minutes to try to attain the semi-final.”
He added: “To play good within the areas we need to we have to make good build-up and immediately was not good; Joao (Cancelo) and Rodri weren’t intelligent to obtain the ball in positions for the opposite ones but it surely’s tough at all times to do what we need to do as a result of they’ve high quality. Nevertheless it’s an excellent outcome and we now have one other likelihood in a single week.
“We will regulate just a few issues to go there and attempt to win the sport.
“[Foden] was a risk within the second half. He was an actual risk, arriving within the remaining third. He had two, three possibilities and eventually scored.”
Dortmund boss: We aren’t performed with but
Borussia Dortmund interim coach Edin Terzic has warned Guardiola their Champions League quarter-final tie is way from over regardless of a 2-1 win for the hosts.
Guardiola was complimentary about Dortmund’s efficiency after the sport however Terzic, whose facet had levelled the competition at 1-1 six minutes from the top earlier than Foden’s last-gasp winner, mentioned his group have been prepared for an additional chew on the cherry.
“Pep had some good phrases for me at full-time, however we aren’t performed but. We are going to see one another once more in eight days’ time,” mentioned Terzic.
“It is half-time and the tie remains to be open.
“We can be prepared to present it our all to overturn the outcome and attain the subsequent spherical. We saved their possibilities to a minimal and posed a risk ourselves going ahead. It was evenly matched so we’re dissatisfied with the outcome ultimately.”
Guardiola’s facet are again in motion on Saturday for the early kick-off vs Leeds (12.30) earlier than the second leg subsequent Wednesday in Dortmund. The Germans play Stuttgart on Saturday as they appear to enhance their place within the Bundesliga.