Pep Guardiola is back for his press conference prior to the UCL clash v Club Brugge as he spoke on many topics. From the importance of this match, injuries' and much more.
Let’s dive in-
“This game would be an incredible step towards qualifying for the Champions League last 16 while in the Premier League, there are many games - here (there are) just six with three left.
“They are decisive. Games three and four are the most important and you have to take them seriously to make a step forward in our qualification.
“Of course. Brugge are going to adjust - the manager saw the game (in Belgium). They will punish us and we have to get better.
“It will be a completely different game tomorrow.”
“The defeat on Saturday was tough, we know the calendar and how demanding it is,” the boss added.
“I think we are playing at an incredible level.
“The way we are playing in the last month and a half - I would say (is) one of the best moments in the time we have been here.
“The way we are playing, obviously results are the difference but the process and the way we are playing is very good.
“Every season is tougher. More contenders, more well prepared, top managers. Only my concern was where were our standards as a team - not success and titles.
“From there, build something special, something new and get better. Every team wants to be better - this is the challenge for ourselves to maintain our level.
“This is absolutely normal.
“But we know what we have done, we want to finish well before the international break at United.
“But it’s football – 10 or 15 minutes after disallowed goal. We felt it at 10 v11.
“We know what we face this season. Tomorrow in this important competition to reach the last 16 - tomorrow is the most important game we have.”
“You cannot imagine how good he (Gundogan) is,”
“When you are playing millions of games, you have highs and lows. I know what he is doing.
“The way he trains. He knows he has our support always. I was a player and you cannot perform incredibly well all the time. He has highs and lows. He knows better than anyone where he can be better.
“We forget they are human beings. In the last eight or nine years, they have had a three-week holiday every year.
“Ilkay is so important, you know, he is intelligent, always thinking what is best for the team, but he was injured and needs time.
“He is getting better and we need him like we need all the players. He will; be much better in a few months and there are others who need to play now because they are in top form and may drop later.
“You have ,maintain it every day. That’s why these players get credit for the last 6 years because it’s every day. Tomorrow we have a chance.
“The group stage every year is more tricky. We already lost and now the games at home we have to take it.
“Tomorrow we have an incredible opportunity to step forward.”
Real interesting comments from Pep. He also spoke and wished well upon Sergio Aguero who is undergoing treatment for a heart condition.
The way he describes the importance of this match is one I subscribe to. He is right, there is over 20 matches left in the league, City need to get the group in the UCL under control now.
Thoughts on Pep’s conference?