Guardiola says his player should not focus too much in the title race, instead taking things game by game as City look to balance the demands of the remaining three competitions. One week ago, we didn't expect the results at Paris Saint-Germain or [Real] Madrid would happen.
"Of course, it's incredible - four times victor in five years, three in a row". I'm not too much concerned or anxious about what people say if we win the title just because (of) what happens now with UEFA (and) they do not give us credit for what we have done. They are of a similar level to Real Madrid. The sides meet again at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. If you want to say one day the guy on Twitter says I am going to train in the United States of America and then, after, on the pages of the newspapers I am going to train in the United States of America...what can I say?
The Catalan coach had to field questions before the first leg against Schalke over his failure to win the competition since doing so in two of his first three years in charge of Barcelona in 2009 and 2011. This is a competition that punishes you a lot for your mistakes. The Argentine would only likely be used in the 4-2-3-1 option which could see Pjanic on the bench. "We still have a job to do".
The absence of both Fernandinho and De Bruyne in midfield could present Phil Foden with a chance to start his first Premier League game of the season.
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For the Spartans to win, they'll need similar play from Winston, McQuaid, Tillman and Goins which could be easier said than done. Second chance opportunities kept Michigan State in the game in the first half and they helped put Michigan away in the second.
"All of them, they are getting better", Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.
"We have to dream and point as high as possible". However, they have only failed to score against City once, in a 2-0 defeat in 2008, and they will need to maintain that record if they are to salvage something against the Premier League Champions. The supporters have been slow to embrace the competition, not helped by their open dislike of organisers UEFA, which manifests itself in the booing of the anthem. "If I have to think up something new, I prefer it that way". My feeling is now the people are starting to enjoy this competition.
Interesting revelation considering the Spaniard is contracted to City until 2021 after signing a new deal at the Etihad, last year.