Guardiola dismisses Man City favourites tag; hints who are biggest threat

Date published: Wednesday 24th February 2021 10:35 - Steve Pearson

Guardiola, Man City

Man City manager Pep Guardiola pointed to his side’s chequered history in the Champions League as to why they should not be considered favourites, instead hinting at who he believes should hold that mantle.

Man City took control of their Round of 16 tie after cruising to a two-goal advantage in their away leg at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Joao Cancelo again showcased why he is one of world football’s most influential full-backs.

The Portuguese’s accurate crosses were the catalysts behind both goals scored by Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus.

FULL MATCH REPORT: Dominant Man City in total control after dismantling Monchengladbach

Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Guardiola said: “In general, we controlled the game.

“Unfortunately today we were not clinical enough up front.

“That is something we have to improve in this competition. Up front we have to be more clinical. In this competition you have to be perfect to make sure you go through.


“When I see Bayern Munich I don’t think we are favourites. My target is West Ham in three days.

“If people say we are favourites we have to accept it, but a team who in their whole history has been a semi-final once OK, they say it, we have to accept it.”


“We have a good connection”- Silva


Man City goalscorer Silva also spoke to the press, telling BT Sport: “It was a good game for us, a good win. In this competition you can make a mistake and you’re out. We tried to play simple football and not make mistakes.

“It’s not finished yet but it’s a good win.

“Usually I’m not [deadly with his head]. I try to practice a lot. I think tonight I was lucky Joao [Cancelo] gave me a great ball. I’m happy to score and help the team.

“He’s an amazing player. I played with him seven years at Benfica, we’re the same generation. We have a good connection. He knows my timing and I know how good he is on these balls.

“We need to keep going because we’re only halfway through.

“We have a map, a way of playing. Players get injured or cannot play and our style doesn’t change.”


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