Pep Guardiola in search of perfection to help Man City past Liverpool

Jo Caldwell
April 10, 2018

Manchester City must overturn a 3-0 deficit against Liverpool on Tuesday and manager Pep Guardiola said that would require "the ideal game" from his players.

The greatest moment in the club's recent history came when they trailed AC Milan by the same 3-0 scoreline in the 2005 final in Istanbul and no-one needs reminding of how that turned out.

After back to back defeats, Guardiola's City have everything to prove, and with the Etihad behind them, they'll be throwing everything they have at Liverpool to try and salvage something from the tie.

"At their best, City are so good going forward that I think they are capable of getting the result they need on Tuesday night and that is the mindset they will have too".

But he will not use the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan experience as a motivational tool. "It's complicated, but you need nights that make you understand it", he said.

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Similarly, a 5-3 aggregate loss to Barcelona one year later came weeks after the league title had been officially sewn up. It was like a thunderstorm.

"We don't have to think about how many goals, we have to score the first then think about the second, and after we will see if we can keep that momentum".

"I can not tell the boys: 'Boys! I think it is only other people who put pressure on me, but I don't care really".

"The result is tough but we have 90 minutes and in football anything can happen". I don't have to talk about how lovely it is. We went from a possible 2-1 lead to 2-1 deficit.

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The end of the season couldn't come sooner for Chelsea as the Blues were once again denied a victory in the Premier League . If you don't win games there's no top-four, it's easy'. "We have given him a licence to show what he can do", said Moyes.

That has already been reflected in his record of seven wins in 13 meetings with City boss Pep Guardiola, better than any other coach in the world. Having won the Bundesliga the Bavarians lost three league games on the trot - more than in the rest of the whole campaign - in their fixtures sandwiched by the semi-final. Nothing has changed. We are only in the lead.

"It is about doing the right things, staying in the mood where we can bring in our strengths, playing in the right spaces, defending in the right spaces; attacking them in the right spaces".

The 25-year-old picked up an injury in the first-leg after a thumping 3-0 win but failed to feature in the 0-0 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.

"As with all high-profile games such as this, we have also carried out intelligence gathering beforehand and will continue to work with both clubs and supporter groups to ensure all fans can enjoy the match in a competitive but safe environment".

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