Guardiola: “It was a long time from the first leg, but I think we are ready to win”

Guardiola: "It was a long time from the first leg, but I think we are ready to win"

The Citizens coach analyzed the duel that will face him against Real Madrid before the definition in Lisbon.

In the preview of the match that will face Manchester City and Real Madrid, Pep Guardiola He spoke with the press at a conference and in addition to analyzing the tough crossing that will occur before the meringues in search of the pass to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, the coach also spoke of a possible future confrontation with Barcelona.

“We played the first leg a long time ago, now it is very different. We will play without our people, but at home. I have the feeling that we are ready to play and to win. All the coaches have a game idea and then the The game speaks for itself. What we do want is to try to win it, “said the Catalan about the duel on Friday.

In addition, he manifested himself before the particularity of contesting the return without an audience: “We have learned to adapt, what matters is the health of the whole world. We also want children to return to schools, perhaps that is more important than fans to return to the stadiums. “

He also highlighted the great moment of Karim Benzema, who was extremely influential in the league title. “He is an incredible player, extraordinary. In Lyon he was already very good and has been at Real Madrid for 10 years. Since I have been in Barcelona, ​​20 players have come out of whom have asked me if they are at the level of Messi … he is one more on the list, “he said of French.

“Sometimes you want to control them on the one hand and they come out on the other, and if not the other way around. It is difficult to analyze them because they are very good,” he mentioned about his rival, who will not have his captain Sergio Ramos, whom Guardiola defined as a important player.

Lastly, he referred to a possible clash against his former team in the semifinals in case they both reach that instance: “I will always be a fan of Barcelona, ​​it is where I grew up and where I have become what I am. But if I face them, I want to beat them. “

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