The blues trail 3-0 from the first leg and Guardiola knows his team face an uphill battle if they are to reach the semi-final of the competition. “To go through you have to make the perfect game, create chances and concede few chances. We have 90 minutes and anything can happen. All we are going to do is try. We have 90 minutes plus extra time and what we have shown this year, even in the last game, is we can create a lot of chances in the last few minutes.”
The blues have suffered back to back defeats for the first time this season, conceding six and scoring two, and need to win by four clear goals if they are to progress in the competition that eluded Guardiola’s predecessors, Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini. “It is a test,” said Guardiola. “Football, like life, is a challenge.”
The blues, who won the League Cup against Arsenal in March, remain on course to be crowned champions, despite Saturday’s derby loss which now means they have to win two games to secure the title, and Guardiola heaped praise on his record breaking side. “My team is extraordinary, it is not comparable to others. It is top. I will be close to them no matter what happens between now and the end of the season.
”It’s a joy to be manager of them.”
Guardiola has no new injury worries ahead of the game, and is expecting to field as strong a team as possible, after dropping Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero to the bench for the derby. It was a bold move from the Spaniard, but one for which he will be lauded for, should the blues succeed tomorrow.