Pep Guardiola knows the loss last season in Lyon is still weighing on the club. He spoke about that, Ilkay Gundogan’s impact, form and much more.
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“Everyone in this club wants to go as far as possible.”
“He (Ilkay) deserves this role of leadership through what he has done on the pitch,” he said.
“It is the best way to show his ability.
“I am delighted with the external recognition he gets now because he is scoring goals and making assists. He deserves it.
“I know how he behaved when he was injured and in bad moments. He is incredibly beloved because he is such an incredible guy.
“He thinks not just about himself but the team. He deserves what he builds. He is the same player.
“The year we won the second Premier League with 98 points, he was incredible as a holding midfielder.
“But now, of course, he is our top scorer and that’s why he gets the recognition now he deserves.”
On Lyon loss-
“Of course [it was tough, emotionally],” Pep said. “It remains in my head for weeks. It was painful, I cannot deny it.
“It was the last game of the season. We wanted to go through. We congratulate Lyon. We didn’t do it quite well. We didn’t deserve to go through.
“It was painful of course, but what can we do? For a short time, ten days, we suffer. Then, we wake up and prepare for the next season.
“But the defeat hurts - especially this one. Day after, we say goodbye and everyone goes away. It was disappointing.
“But we are here again to try again.”
Lastly, he quelled talk of a quadruple-
‘The only concern I have is tomorrow. I cannot tell you about a quadruple, double, triple, single. ‘
‘All we can do is play a good game tomorrow. Then see what happens in the second leg.’
It will be a difficult match tomorrow. Let’s see if Pep and his boys' are ready.