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Guardiola: We Must play a perfect game if we are to win against Liverpool

2 months ago  Raphael   Sport News

There has been a lot of pressure at the Cityzens camp recently with the team losing back to back games against Liverpool in the UCL and also against their City rivals Manchester United in the EPL.

Despite all these woes Pep Guardiola has urge his players to show their worth in tonight’s second leg encounter against Liverpool by playing a perfect game to turn it around.

"Of course to go through we have to make the perfect game, create chances, be clinical and concede few chances," said the former Barcelona coach. "All the conditions have to be perfect. The aim is tough but we have 90 minutes and in football everything can happen."

He insisted that whilst it is not an easy task, his players have the ability to do it and will give their all.

"We have to score the first goal, then make the second one," insisted Guardiola. "The perfect scenario is to go through. "At the end we cannot forget that it is a simple game [of football] and focus on every single minute. "If we concede, don't give up; it's more than 90 minutes [with added time]. "Many times we have created a lot of chances in a short period, we have to be clinical and if we are not then move on to the next [chance]."

Guardiola acknowledged that following on from League Cup success and with the Premier League title almost in the bag, European trophies are the missing piece of the jigsaw for his club.

"We need titles in Europe - it's complicated but you need nights that make you understand it," he admitted. "Beating Barcelona [3-1, last season] was so special because we know they're the best team in the world. "It will happen sooner or later, what this club has done in the last 10 years in terms of creating facilities and making it bigger means it will happen. "Hopefully we can do it. Maybe it is next year but soon it will happen. "I know you judge results, but performance? My team is extraordinary, exceptional. It is a joy to be manager of the team, I am so delighted."

Now, he wants his players to stand up and be counted for the challenge that lies ahead at the Etihad.

"This team is ready to fight with all the teams but the other teams are so good, it is difficult, a mountain, but we can compete, especially at home," Guardiola noted. "For the next step maybe we need more time, next season we will be better."

Finally, the coach, who has won the competition with Barcelona in the past, insisted that his team would not be affected by coming into the game on the back of two painful defeats.

"I don't know but if we are not able to do it, it will be a good lesson for the future, a good test," he stated. "Football is a challenge like life, we are happy to handle it. "We have 90 minutes plus extra time and what we've shown this year. Even in the last game we created a lot of chances in a few minutes and the opponents know that."

Even without Champions League progress, Manchester City are on course to complete a historic double.

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