Man City Ready For Real Madrid Battle - Guardiola
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola is confident that his players will not be scared of imposing their game on Real Madrid.
Manchester City and Real Madrid will slug it out today at the Etihad Stadium in the Champions League round of 16 second leg.
Real Madrid lost the first leg 2-1 at Santiago Bernabeu in February and they will be willing to overturn the deficit to book a place in the quarter finals after winning ten matches in a row to win Laliga at the expense of Barcelona.
“We want to play our own game,” the City boss said at his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
“We want to impose our own style on the game, whether we’re defending or playing on the counter-attack or whether Madrid are countering.
“What we want to try and do is take the game to certain areas of the field where we can hurt Real Madrid, where we can show the qualities of our players.”
He added: “I had the feeling now, today, that we are ready to play the game tomorrow and do a good performance and win the game,” he said. “That’s my feeling, we are ready.”
The former Barcelona coach has also urged his players to avoid defensive mistakes which has been their bane this season.
“More than conceding the goals, it’s the way that we conceded the goals,” he said. “When they are brilliant and make a good action we have to accept it.
“But for most of them it was goals that could have been avoided. We have to avoid it. Making mistakes in this competition punishes you a lot.”
The winner between Real Madrid and Man City will face either Juventus or Lyon in the quarter finals.