Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
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Man City's coach Guardiola optimistic despite reaching CL semis

Man City's coach Guardiola optimistic despite reaching CL semis

Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC to reach the Champions League semi-finals despite predicting a high-scoring game at Manchester City on Tuesday night.

City had never previously lost back-to-back game since he took charge in the summer of 2016 but Guardiola still believes they can pull off a monumental comeback against Liverpool.

"Of course to go through you have to make nearly the flawless game, to create a lot of chances, be clinical, concede few chances". The high pressure, the intensity in the game was unbelievable, they nearly did it for 90 minutes.

"It always helps if you know about the problems, you deal with the problems but if we concede a goal nothing changes".

"We don't have to think about how many goals, we have to score the first then think about the second, and after we will see if we can keep that momentum". Then after that the second one...

"We are going to see that it is a good test. Football, like life, is a challenge and we're happy to handle it".

Team captain Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan put head coach Pep Guardiola's side up by two goals in the first half against United.

"He is a fantastic team manager and player manager as well". I am so delighted.

"They are a team that like to play long balls", the Brazilian told a news conference. Other than that, Guardiola has all of his players ready for this Champions League match against their fellow English top-flight squad. That was without Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus on the pitch.

Pep Guardiola claims his "extraordinary" and "exceptional" Manchester City side will not give up in their quest to overturn the odds against Liverpool.

City has endured a bad week as it suffered a 3-0 drubbing by the Mohamed Salah-led Liverpool last Tuesday, a game where the side failed to register a single shot on target.

They know exactly what they have to do, and the shackles will be off - they will throw everything they have got at Jurgen Klopp's side from the start.

Liverpool will be hoping that forward Mohamed Saleh, who has a groin injury, will be fit to play.

"All the conditions have to be nearly flawless for us to go through because the first result was tough".

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