Guardiola: Manchester Metropolis 'felt the tension' as they claim slack advantage in opposition to Dortmund
Pep Guardiola acknowledged Manchester Metropolis "felt the tension" of expectancy in the Champions League as they wished Phil Foden's 90th minute winner to rob a narrow 2-1 lead from the first leg of their quarter-last tie in opposition to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
Metropolis maintain now obtained 27 of their closing 28 games in all competitions to remain no longer off beam for a ancient quadruple of Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.
But they've failed to get beyond the closing eight in the Champions League in every of the Guardiola's four outdated seasons to blame.
"We felt the tension at the present time, in this rivals, at home, no longer radiant how we would react," acknowledged Guardiola.
"Or no longer it is higher to decide than map but even at 1-1 we had 90 minutes to form it."
The perimeters will meet again in Germany on April 14 with the winners facing Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain in the closing four.
Dortmund are at serious possibility of lacking out on the Champions League next season after slipping seven aspects adrift of the tip four in the Bundesliga.
Nevertheless, the guests started brightly until Emre Can proficient the ball away to Riyad Mahrez and Metropolis launched a ruthless counter-attack.
De Bruyne, Foden and Mahrez exchanged passes earlier than the Belgian tapped home from shut range.
Metropolis idea they had a mammoth probability to double their advantage moments later when Rodrigo went down below Can's peril contained in the dwelling and referee Ovidiu Hategan pointed to the penalty self-discipline.
Hategan, even supposing, rightly overturned his call on a VAR overview in the first of a resolution of dubious decisions from the Romanian official.
His next worthy call dominated out a Dortmund aim when he adjudged Jude Bellingham to maintain fouled Ederson as he dispossessed the Brazilian and tapped into an empty get correct earlier than half-time.
This time VAR could possibly possibly no longer intervene as Hategan had blown earlier than Bellingham rolled the ball home.
"I positively mediate I obtained the ball moderately," acknowledged the England global. "Or no longer it is variety of anxious at a time when they've so many cameras, they form no longer let me put the ball in the get and take a look at it."
Erling Haaland used to be the major point of curiosity of famous of the pre-match hype with Metropolis one in all a resolution of clubs drawn to the Norwegian shock itsy-bitsy one.
The 20-year-dilapidated had failed to ranking in correct two of his outdated 14 Champions League appearances, but he spurned his one worthy probability to get early in the 2d-half.
Haaland confirmed mammoth power and roam to outmuscle and outsprint Ruben Dias, but could possibly possibly no longer eradicate the ball over the advancing Ederson.
De Bruyne used to be at the heart of all of Metropolis's most lethal moments as Foden could possibly possibly soundless maintain performed higher than hearth too shut to Marwin Hitz with the aim gaping.
The Metropolis captain then sent a low shot inches wide earlier than once again picking out Foden, who observed one other effort beaten away by Hitz.
Nevertheless, Metropolis had been then hit with a sucker punch as Haaland confirmed he's more than correct a goalscorer.
His brilliant reverse ball launched Marco Reus to hearth beyond Ederson in what regarded a sting in the sage six minutes from time.
But Dortmund could possibly possibly no longer wait on out in the closing phases as Metropolis pushed for a winner.
De Bruyne used to be the creator again as his harmful chanced on Ilkay Gundogan at the wait on put up and his reduce-wait on used to be swept home by a relieved Foden.