Pep Guardiola ridiculed the concept that he and his gamers may level to tiredness amid such a busy interval as insisted his Man Metropolis stars should really feel ‘grateful’ to nonetheless be preventing for a treble.
Metropolis head to Madrid for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie towards Atletico on Wednesday, simply days on from an exciting top-of-the-table Premier League conflict with Liverpool.
As soon as occasions in Madrid have been taken care of, Guardiola’s gamers will shift their focus to Saturday night time after they face Liverpool in an FA Cup semi-final.
However the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich supervisor is in no temper to pin any slip-ups on tiredness.
‘It’s important to be grateful to be right here,’ he mentioned.
‘This sport, the subsequent one, the subsequent one, it’s as a result of what we now have completed to this point is sweet.
‘On this second you aren’t drained. You’ll be able to lose since you produce a nasty efficiency or the opponent is healthier than you however not since you’re drained. It doesn’t exist.’
Metropolis head to Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium with a slender 1-0 lead from the primary leg in Manchester.
Talisman Kevin De Bruyne received the one aim of the sport however Guardiola believes his facet will face a special proposition towards this resolute Atletico facet on the street.
‘We journey [to Atletico Madrid] with an excellent end result, with the intention to win,’ he mentioned.
‘We attempt to see the rating within the final 5-10 minutes what it’s. It is going to be barely totally different, they’re at residence, they create momentums and there might be moments the place they are going to be aggressive, be increased and we have to adapt and defend in these moments.’
Metropolis conceded twice within the weekend’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool and Guardiola is aware of defensive solidity – for all of Metropolis’s embarrassment of riches in assault – is what’s going to information them to glory, notably in Europe.
‘To win trophies, it’s a must to be strong, and never concede probabilities,’ he continued.
‘When you’ve the ball, we now have to defend properly with the ball. What you do with the ball is one of the simplest ways to defend. There are moments we don’t have the ball, set items, then we now have to defend.
‘Riyad [Mahrez], Phil [Foden], [Ilkay] Gundo; they aren’t defensive gamers however they run from day one, and we’re strong as a workforce. If we’re not strong tomorrow, will probably be troublesome to get to the Champions League semi-finals.’
Whereas the sport comes too quickly for star centre again Ruben Dias, who will journey with Metropolis however has solely had one coaching session and isn’t in Guardiola’s pondering to start out, defensively numerous the main target will go to goalkeeper Ederson.
It was one second within the 2-2 draw with Liverpool that went viral which had Guardiola grinning on Tuesday.
Ederson had Diogo Jota racing in the direction of aim and with the ball and inch from the goal-line he coolly cleared it.
‘This man is loopy actually! Guardiola joked. ‘Typically I feel he doesn’t really feel one thing!
‘For me as a goalkeeper it’s robust to have that feeling. He’s calm, so secure and for us as a goalkeeper it’s unbelievable.
‘In that second I assumed it couldn’t be as shut because it was on the TV. One inch to the aim.
‘He’s so secure and doesn’t really feel the stress. It’s important to overlook the earlier motion good or dangerous as quickly as potential and he does this instantly. It’s actually good as a goalkeeper.’