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Pep Guardiola explains Man City game plan to beat PSG and reach the Champions League final.

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Pep Guardiola explains Man City game plan to beat PSG and reach the Champions League final.

Pep Guardiola explains Man City game plan to beat PSG and reach the Champions League final.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants his team to stay calm, play their usual game, and not focus on Paris Saint-Germain as they bid to reach a Champions League final.

Man City carry a 2-1 lead from the first leg, but Guardiola restated his hope that the Blues must approach the game to win rather than try and hold on their advantage.

Guardiola said he and the City team remain calm ahead of the important second leg, as he asked his players to trust their abilities and enjoy the moment.

Asked if this was the biggest game of his time at City, Guardiola explained how he wants his side to play as he revealed there has been no talk of how PSG will set up.

“I don’t know if it’s the most important,” he said.

“It’s the first time here together in this club, know what we are playing for but sometimes you don’t need much emotion. Be calm and know what you have to do. Don’t have to tell anyone what we’ve lived through for 11 months, not just players, everyone knows how important it is.


“We spoke today about who we are. We played PSG one week ago, not necessary now so just speak about us, what we have to try to do and try to do it.

“They will be the same dangerous team as in the first leg, same as Chelsea, Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, other top clubs in Europe. We are going to try to make them dangerous. Just focus on what we have to do. We know they can change shape, their manager is clever, can do something we don’t expect.

“We try to focus on our game, I know the desire to reach the final, never done it before here, so what we do is focus on ourselves. Stick together and suffer together, try to impose our game and try to win the game, be patient, attack and try to score goals.”

When pushed on how concerned he is about PSG’s dangerous attack, Guardiola was more concerned with what City could do to the French side.

“There are a few things [we’re worried about] – a lot of things optimistic about,” he said. “When I arrive in these stages I’m more calm than before, try to enjoy it, players training well, everyone wants to play and we go out to do our game.

“The second leg of a semi-final is always the toughest game, more than the final, we control our emotions, doing what we have to do. This is what I’m looking for and try to convince them this is the best way to win.

“You can predict the game but it can be completely different. You are not going to play 90 minutes like we played the second half in Paris. That would be a big battle, there are moments to suffer, we are going to react well and impose ourselves. They have to visualise they can do it.

“It’s not different to what they’ve done in last seven months, go out there and win. Not demanding anything special. We’ve had tough games in the Premier League, same level as PSG, always difficult games so to go there and do what we’ve done this season, stay calm, take the ball and try to regain our momentum and try to win the game.

“I don’t expect for one second we’ll play like that second half in Paris. How quick we play, that’s what will be important. It belongs to the players, something they will remember forever, they have to make a step forward and show you can win the game, they are going to do it.”

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