City’s season now hinges on success in UCL, as they were recently knocked out by Arsenal in the Semi-Final of FA Cup.
- City defeat in FA cup.
- Finishing second behind Liverpool, failing in defence of the title.
- Pep is leaving nothing to prepare for City-Real clash.
- Pep five-year challenge.
Manchester City to face Real Madrid in the second leg of UCL at Etihad in August, as their hopes hinge on the prestigious stage of European Football.
Pep Guardiola to ring changes for UCL tie against Real Madrid and is in no mood of giving any time off Manchester City.
Europe’s biggest competition of club football represents City’s remaining chance to add to their retained EFL Cup this season, following a lacklustre 2-0 loss to Arsenal in FA Cup semi-final.
Manchester City gearing up
Guardiola was critical of his players’ performance in the first half of that SemiFinal clash and they are now set to prepare for a period of intensive work on the Etihad Campus training pitches in the 12 days in between the ending of English Premier League kick-off against Norwich City on July 26. Pep Guardiola to ring changes for UCL tie against Real Madrid’s visit to Manchester on August 7 for the return leg of the last-16 stage of UCL.
Earlier in the first leg of the tie in Spanish capital went on as City hold a 2-1 advantage back in February before the COVID-19 break. Pep Guardiola to ring changes for UCL tie against Real Madrid and rejected the suggestion he might allow off at the end of the domestic season as their season hinges on UCL.
On either side, Real’s boss said, he would allow players “disconnect a little bit from football” after their domestic campaign ends with a 2-2 draw against Leganés.
City boss said with his team, guaranteed second place in English Premier League: “No, no, no – we’ll have two days after the game against Watford but after we will make two weeks of training sessions.”
“These two games – we are going to make some changes, some that played the semi-final is not going to play.”
“We are going to play the next two games. I will try to let them all of them play. We will see what happens.”
Guardiola’s criticism of City’s mentality against Arsenal marked an end from his usual reactions to defeats, where he tends to be carefully protective of his players in talks after defeats.
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The former FC Barcelona boss to make new ground from next season, as he has never managed a club for consecutive five years.
Albeit recent defeats, failing in title defence against Liverpool, yet the 49-year old is determined and motivated.
“As a manager with one team, you have an advantage with positive things but at the same time, after you win a lot, you have difficulties to handle the situations,” he said in regards of new ground from next season.
“But I’m so excited for these two weeks we have ahead, preparing for the Madrid game and excited for next season.
“The moment I lose this excitement, the fire I still have inside me to go after victories and defeats, it will be a problem.”
Guardiola added: “It’s a challenge for me, I’ve never been five years at one club and also it is a challenge to prove myself next season. Am I able to maintain the level that we had in the previous seasons?”
“In a world where everyone sacks everyone, to stay in a job for a long time is so difficult. Just take a look. England was an exception but now it is not anymore.”
“It depends on the results and I’m so proud of the staff and backroom and players for helping me to be here for the fifth season.”