Guardiola admits Man City felt stress in Dortmund battle
Pep Guardiola conceded Manchester City felt stress from their outdated Champions League screw ups in a nervy 2-1 quarter-final preserve over Borussia Dortmund.
Phil Foden struck within the 90th minute to manufacture optimistic the Premier League leaders will preserve a slim advantage to Signal Iduna Park for next week’s 2d leg.
Marco Reus had equalised four minutes from time for Dortmund, with City struggling to search out their fluent most effective with any consistency after Kevin De Bruyne’s first-half of opener.
“We felt the stress today time for this competitors at home. We don’t know the procedure we are going to play,” Guardiola told BT Sport.
Liverpool, Tottenham and Lyon have ended his team’s involvement at this stage over the previous three seasons.
“Now we all know every assorted better,” Guardiola mentioned. “We will analyse what we now must terminate, admire we now have executed for 5 or six months, playing every game to preserve a see at to preserve.”
Dortmund were understandably exasperated to have had an preliminary equaliser dominated out earlier than half of-time, when the impressive Jude Bellingham became once harshly adjudged to have fouled City goalkeeper Ederson earlier than rolling the ball into an empty earn.
Guardiola counseled City’s struggles that resulted in that allow-off were half of a wider insist with their on the total mushy accomplish-up from deep failing to click on – highlighting an incredible time out for keeping midfielder Rodri and full-encourage Joao Cancelo.
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“To play comely within the areas that we prefer, we now must fabricate a comely accomplish-up and today time became once no longer comely,” Guardiola mentioned.
“Joao and Rodri were no longer mercurial-witted to receive the ball in positions to contact for the quite loads of ones. Nonetheless it’s current, Dortmund are solid. The quality that they've makes it piquant to terminate what we want to terminate.
“We will survey the sport, now we all know exactly what they terminate and now we are going to alter just a few things to ride there to Germany and preserve a see at to preserve the sport.”
Foden shone for his boyhood membership within the route of and became once relieved to atone for a pair of uncared for probabilities that preceded Reus’ leveller.
“2nd half of he became once a threat for them. He performed really effectively one-in opposition to-one, arriving within the closing third,” Guardiola added.
“He had two or three optimistic probabilities to ranking and within the raze he scored the aim.”