The Manchester City coach analyzed the duel on Friday against the Spanish team, for the return of the round of 16 of the continental tournament.
Pep Guardiola He appeared at a press conference before receiving the visit of Real Madrid on the return leg of the round of 16 Champions League. Manchester City must defend the 2-1 achieved in the Santiago Bernabeu before the recess forced by the coronavirus.
“It is a different game and it will be at home, although without our fans. We will try to do it well. All the professionals miss the spectators. We have had to adapt a little and depending on the health of the people everything will return. It must be safe for everyone, but it is more important that children return to school before spectators go to stadiums, “said the coach of the English team.
In addition, he pointed out that to overcome Madrid they must improve the defensive aspect: “More than not conceding goals, it is how they have been. There are goals that we could have avoided and should have. Making mistakes in this competition hurts you a lot. Years ago we made those mistakes and We know that. If we want to go far in the Champions League, we have to improve in this regard. “
He also clarified that he does not feel anything special when facing Real Madrid, due to his past in Barcelona. “When I played with Bayern against Madrid or Barcelona I wanted to win it, but I didn’t. It is nothing more special than what it means for everyone at City. I don’t focus on those aspects, but on beating Madrid. We want to win the Champions and for that you have to beat teams like Madrid. I have the feeling that we are ready for tomorrow’s game, “he said.
On the recovery of Sergio Agüero, who is still injured, Guardiola commented: “We don’t know how he is. He is still in Barcelona. He is better than we thought and we hope he can be with us, but we don’t know.”
Karim Benzema was compared to Lionel Messi and Pep gave his opinion: “He is an incredible player. Since he played for Lyon. Since he was in Barcelona until now, 20 players have come out with the same question of whether he is at Messi’s level. He is one more on the list. “
Finally, Guardiola praised Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. “Obviously he is a very important player, but not only now. He has an impeccable career. We have to think about what we must do to try to beat them,” he closed.
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