Pep Guardiola felt the burden of expectation on Manchester Metropolis of their Champions League conflict with Borussia Dortmund affected them regardless of their 2-1 win.
Guardiola has by no means made it previous the final eight within the Champions League with Metropolis and their quarter-final appeared set to be one other irritating night time when Marco Reus equalised with six minutes left, cancelling out Kevin De Bruyne’s first-half opener.
Nonetheless, Phil Foden scored a late winner handy Metropolis the benefit going into the return leg in Germany subsequent Wednesday. Their quest for an unprecedented Quadruple life on, though Guardiola felt his workforce didn’t cope with the stress of being heavy favourites to win such a match within the Champions League.
“While you win 26 video games in 27 and they don’t seem to be profitable the Bundesliga, the stress is on our shoulders,” he mentioned.
“Every little thing is assured for us. All people believed we’d win. We had an unimaginable dedication and want to undergo.
“Now we fly there at 2-1 – at all times they rating however we’ll alter just a few issues we couldn’t do immediately.
“In a peaceful means, one of the best ways attainable, the sport we performed and see what we are able to do higher.
“We’ll go there to win the sport. I ask the gamers to win the sport. We did it and now we go to Dortmund to not defend.
“We’ll alter our urgent, alter our construct up and play 90 minutes to attempt to attain the semi-final.”
He added: “To play good within the areas we need to we have to make good build-up and immediately was not good; Joao (Cancelo) and Rodri weren’t intelligent to obtain the ball in positions for the opposite ones but it surely’s troublesome at all times to do what we need to do as a result of they’ve high quality. However it’s an excellent outcome and now we have one other likelihood in a single week.
“We’ll alter just a few issues to go there and attempt to win the sport.
“[Foden] was a risk within the second half. He was an actual risk, arriving within the last third. He had two, three possibilities and at last scored.”
Dortmund boss: We aren’t carried out with but
Borussia Dortmund interim coach Edin Terzic has warned Guardiola their Champions League quarter-final tie is way from over regardless of a 2-1 win for the hosts.
Guardiola was complimentary about Dortmund’s efficiency after the sport however Terzic, whose aspect had levelled the competition at 1-1 six minutes from the top earlier than Foden’s last-gasp winner, mentioned his workforce have been prepared for an additional chunk on the cherry.
“Pep had some good phrases for me at full-time, however we’re not carried out but. We’ll see one another once more in eight days’ time,” mentioned Terzic.
“It is half-time and the tie remains to be open.
“We can be prepared to provide it our all to overturn the outcome and attain the following spherical. We saved their possibilities to a minimal and posed a risk ourselves going ahead. It was evenly matched so we’re upset with the outcome ultimately.”
Guardiola’s aspect are again in motion on Saturday for the early kick-off vs Leeds (12.30) earlier than the second leg subsequent Wednesday in Dortmund. The Germans play Stuttgart on Saturday as they give the impression of being to enhance their place within the Bundesliga.