Guardiola: We have to make an extra effort to topple Real Madrid

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola denied that the 4-0 defeat his former club Barcelona inflicted on rival Real Madrid weeks ago in the Spanish League might help him prepare for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid, which takes place on Wednesday, May 4 .

Guardiola said in the press conference on the eve of the Real Madrid match, at the “Santiago Bernabéu” stadium: “I was only able to see the highlights, I did not watch the whole match in detail .. I know that Carlo Ancelotti did something tactical that he would not have done normally, so I don’t think he can To come up with something that might help us tomorrow.”

In response to his question about whether he had spoken with Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez about the Clasico match, the former coach of Barcelona and Bayern Munich said: “We have a good relationship, but he has players that I do not have, and vice versa.”

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Commenting on the statements of Croatian Luka Modric, Real Madrid midfielder, in which he said that if Real Madrid played at the level of the best team in the world, it would overcome the delay after the defeat (3-4) in the first leg at the “Al Ittihad” stadium.

On this, Guardiola said that it is normal for them to think like this and that all teams believe that they will win if they are at their best: “In these matches there will be moments of control and moments of transition, the confrontation will not remain the same throughout 90 minutes.”

Regarding the first leg, he said: “We left happy and we could have had a better result. We knew that it would take an effort in both games.. To eliminate Real Madrid, you have to do a good job in the back and forth.”

Guardiola also praised the coach of the rival team, Carlo Ancelotti, who just led Real Madrid to the crown of the Spanish League title, and said: “I congratulate him on that, I admire him, he has traveled the world and worked in several countries with great teams.”

He added about the Italian coach, who became the first coach to win the five major league titles in Europe (Spain, Italy, England, France and Germany): “He often played good football, and he is also an extraordinary person, I have known him for many years and he is always calm and in control of his feelings in a way. ideal”.

De Bruyne: We will see a different match between two very offensive teams

Kevin De Bruyne, the Manchester City player, ruled out that the defensive aspects of facing Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg, which he expected to be between two very offensive and “different” teams, from the first leg.

The Belgian star said: “Tomorrow we will see two very offensive teams, it will be a different confrontation than going, we are in good shape, the only criticism that can be directed at us so far is that we have not won the Champions League yet, as for the rest of the things, we were here and fighting for Winning…our presence has become permanent and we will take an extra step tomorrow.”

He added: “Regardless of the match, Pep Guardiola is keen to prepare us well, even if it is against a low-ranking team in the cup. He cares about all the details, I understand that people talk extensively about this match, but he cares equally about all the details of the matches.”

He continued, “Guardiola helped me develop in many ways. I don’t know if I would reach this level with another coach. What he did with the players is unbelievable, but they worked very hard too. If we do not listen to him and work hard, we will not develop.”

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