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Manchester City are preparing to face Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League round of 16 first leg on Wednesday, February 24. City topped Group C with 5 wins and one draw, while Monchengladbach finished second in Group B with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats.
Ahead of the game, Pep Guardiola gave a press conference where he spoke out on UCL, injury news, penalty taker and more.
On Champions League: “The quality of the opponents but we have quality too. We’re going to prepare it like a normal game and we’re going to tell them what Gladbach are as a team like we have done against Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton. We’re not going ot change anything – just adapt for what they are. We’re not used to playing against them and they must kow what they are individually and then play a good game ot try to get a good result.”
On Lyon defeat: “We lost but we played better than Lyon. We want to try to play better this time and win the game. We’re going to play the game tomorow like we played this season. It is a football game, 90 minutes. We’re going to try to do a good game to continue, and after w will think about West Ham on Saturday at 12.30pm. The same process for the players mentally – think of the next one.”
On penalty taker: “No. Still I am thinking about team selection and I have to see how the players recover. We will decide tomorrow.”
On Injury news: “Everyone is fit except Nathan.”
On Marco Rose: “He’s an exceptional manager. He did an incredible job at Salzburg and Gladbach and if Dortmund are appointing him it means how good he is. They have many experienced players, Sommer is an exceptional keeper that helps the buildup. After, the quality in the middle. They have good moments, a solid team with quality and I respect the German teams a lot because I know how strong they are.”
On Gladbach quality: “Everything. We have to be focused on what we have to do. We are in the Champions League. They make a good buildup with short passes and they can also contact with their fast strikers with transitions. German teams are always so dangerous. They arrive with a lot of people in the box and of course the players in the middle – Neuhaus and Zakaria or Kramer – know exactly what they have to do. They can change the shape, play with four or five. and the idea is quite similar. I cannot expect any diffreent. All the teams deserve incredible respect and hopefully they can repsect us as well. We will try to get a good result for the second leg and try to win the game.”
On Gundogan for POTY: “Yeah, I don’t know. Maybe. He is playing really good. We will try to know to be close in April, May, to fight for the titles. And as much as you win, the closer we are to individual prizes but kowing Gundogan I think he would like it but he sleeps really well but just in case he is able to win this prize.”
source – Manchester Evening News