Pep Guardiola knows how difficult it is to get t this stage in the UEFA Champions League. Speaking prior to the match v PSG, Pep spoke about mentality, optimism and much more.
Let’s dive in-
“Privileged to live it. Privileged to be here, to try to make the final,” he said.
“For most of us in this club, it is the first time [we have played in a Champions League semi-final].
“We are going to do a good game. What we have to do is win tomorrow and after we see what happens.
“Now we arrive in a good moment. I said to the guys don’t think too much to win the game.
“The same message we have done for the last six or seven months is the same message for tomorrow.
“We approach the game with a small advantage and we have to play to win the game. This is what we will do.”
“I know what we are playing for,”
“In these types of games, you don’t need much emotions. You need to be more calm and know what to do.
“I don’t need to tell anyone - the backroom staff, the players, the chefs - everybody knows how important it is. That is the situation.
“You have to understand it will be a big battle and we are going to suffer. They have to visualise that we are going to do it.
“What we have to do is not different to what we have done over the last seven months. Go out and play our game and win.
“We are not demanding anything different.
“We play tough games in the Premier League, as tough as PSG, and in the Champions League you play tough games.
“Just go there and do what we have done this season.
“Take the ball, try to regain our momentum and try to win the game.
“I don’t expect for one second we will play 90 mins like the second half. How we play in the bad moments will be important.
“After that it belongs to the players’ desire to do something nice for our lives to be remembered forever.”
Pep seems ready and the team should be as well. There is no excuse tomorrow.