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MetiNews.Com - Pep Guardiola spoke to the media ahead of Manchester City's Champions League last-16 tie vs Borussia Monchengladbach.
Breaking News ! Pep Guardiola held a press conference on Tuesday ahead of the resumption of Manchester City's Champions League campaign. In terms of team news, Kevin De Bruyne lasted 60 minutes on his first start back from injury in Sunday's win over Arsenal, while Sergio Aguero was an unused substitute for the third game running and is yet to make his return. Both players trained on Monday, and could be in line to feature in Hungary against last-16 opponents Monchengladbach. City are ten points clear in the Premier League, and unbeaten in 25. The last 20 games of that run have come in domestic competitions, so they return to Champions League action in completely different form to how they ended their group stage. With this competition the missing trophy in City's collection, a good start in the last-16 will be essential for Guardiola's men. See what Guardiola had to say in our blog below.13:18Simon BajkowskiGundogan on turning the form aroundCity have come a long way in two months. Has their form surprised the players?Not surprised but we knew we were not at our best. I think there goes full credit to our manager, he adjusted the right things at the right time He saw something was wrong, something was missing and he adjusted a couple of things in terms of how we defend, how we play with the ball. He did the right things at the right moment - that is why he is the best manger in the world. That led to this outcome that is incredible. I never thought in December about where we will be in February. Did I expect to be in this position in February? Maybe not, but I knew we were capable of a lot of things and had great quality in the squad so we could go on a run like we are on now. But it doesn’t come automatically so you have to adjust things. Everyone did a great job. 13:14Simon BajkowskiGundogan on FernandinhoWhat the club captain brings to the tableHe is our captain, he is leading us, he is there when we need him. His performance vs Arsenal was incredible. Even when he is on the bench, he is always there for us, he supports us, the way he speaks to us. He is a real leader, we really need him and we are very happy to have him. He just gives us the right things at the right time. He knows when to speak up, when to be quiet and what to do. But also not just Fernandinho, someone like Benjamin Mendy comes to mind. He struggled with injuries but he knows what to do best to help the team. No egos at all. That is the only way to win and achieve great things. At the moment everything seems balanced so well, not only the players on the pitch who shine but those on the bench or also those who are not travelling, just training with us. The young lads who are trianing with us. Today we had so many young players who probably didn't even touch the ball because we trained some buildup but they are running behind us, trying to make us feel like we need to put on our best even in training sessions to be prepared as good as possible for the games. That's very important13:10Simon BajkowskiGundogan answersA few more from Ilkay that got lost at the time...13:08Simon BajkowskiGundogan for POTY?Guardiola's take.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. 13:04Simon BajkowskiGladbach qualityAny specifics?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.13:01Simon BajkowskiMarco RoseWhat about him, and what about him taking over at Dortmund?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 are12:59Simon BajkowskiPenaltiesPicked a penalty taker?No. Still I am thinking about team selection and I have to see how the players recover. We will decide tomorrow.Injury news?Everyone is fit except Nathan12:59Simon BajkowskiMore experienced?Hope that will help you?I'm not a big fan of saying experience in the past helps you. Football shows you millions of examples that teams that have won a lot of Champions League or World Cups can lose in 20 minutes what they won in 45. it's just a game, we have ot be focused for 90 mintues like we have ot be focused in the Premier League. It is nothing special or different, don't be different When they play against Burnley or Liverpool, here they have to know Gladbach and Marco Rose and that's all. 12:56Simon BajkowskiReduce mistakes?Gundogan said two years ago City needed toAll the time we went out in the CL we played a high level. We were so close. In foofbtall when you analyse these alst two motnhs how good we've been doing, we are going to do that for the rest of the same season but it cannot work in the future and the future is tomorrow and West Ham. Football is the most unrepdictable game. If you believe everything is under control, you cannot do it. If Harry Kane had scored rather than hit the post and they had defended as they can, it could ahve been 0-2 and we are the same team. I had the feeling against Tottenham or against Lyon we were better. In 180 minutes against Tottenham we were better but we were out. That is football.
. I'm focused on just this game12:54Simon BajkowskiBest chance of winning this?In a good spotWe're going to try to win tomorrow with the players that we have. That's all. We're going to prepare the game as we have the last months and that's all.Manner of Lyon defeat still irritate?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.Not somethine special about CL though? Right now today, no. We chase a lot of competitions. We played just two days ago, we arrived late from London, now we have a long long trip. We need to refresh, we're going to talk about Gladbach a bit and play the game - that's all.12:51Simon BajkowskiChampions LeagueWhy is it so difficult?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. 12:50Simon BajkowskiWinning runMikel says you're the best team in Europe. Fear factor?No. Every team we play believes that they can win Fans back?It will be good for world football but things can get worse. We must be calm to be sure that it is going to happen. Hopefully for football stadiums can be full again but still I have the feeling that we have a long way before this situation is finished.Fantasy Premier League concerns?I heard what happened against Aston Villa. Iknow the players play games but I don't know what this is. I heard it for the first time when I listened yesterday to the headlines about this situation but I don't know what it is about. Sometimes you make a team seleciton and players speak to friends on other teams and talk about what you do. Sometimes it is happen and it is incredibly unethical and unprofessional but you cannot control it 12:47Simon BajkowskiGundogan questionsThat is all from Ilkay but there were a couple that got missed along the way so we will start tidying those up but first here comes Guardiola12:44Simon BajkowskiYou know Gladbach playersPlayers of interest that could come to England?Unfortunately I think you don't really know that. I went abroad realtively late. It is difficult to say. When you feel you're in a position to do that and are ready to, you need mental preparation, quality, support from the coach and players. It is the same as if you stay in Germany. I always want to take challenges but it is up to each player to make their own decisions. The chance is there if you have the right mentality and opportunity12:42Simon BajkowskiDortmund taking Gladbach coachHe's been announced for next season, how will Gladbach be?I think Gladbach have quality and they can play active, aggressive football with the right attitude. They have a good squad, a mix of players that are strong on the pitch and also they are willing to put in the work. You have to be able to do that in modern football. A mix of creativity, mentality and that leads to success. Gladbach qualified for the Champions League last season and that comes from the work they've done over the past few years. Not everything works out exactly and that is quite normal but on a good day but they are in a position to give anybody a game. They are a strong side.12:35Simon BajkowskiHow satisfying that you are playing well?He's had lots of injury issuesThat's why I play football, to try to reach my best and play as well as possible and develop and do the right things and not make mistakes. It is always satisfying when you play well of course and I don't think that I am as satisfied as I am today becasue my numbers are really good this season in terms of goalscoring. I wouldn't like to say that I've played worse in the past but in terms of form I feel I am at the same level in that season where we just won the league one point ahead of Liverpool or even when I used to play in Germany. I don't feel that I am playing much better, I just play another role, a more offensive role. I try to be closer to the opponents box and be in a position where I can create and be dangerous and that leads to more goals but just because I score more goals it doesn't mean I'm playing better. I try to play every time as good as possible and it is nice to be recognised with the amount of goals I've scored but it is not something I'm looking at every matchday. 12:32Simon BajkowskiFear factorGoing into games with this advantage?I don't really know. Maybe but it is possibly better to ask our opponents. We are not really thinking about it. We know what we are capable of and how good we can be if we do all the things that we are supposed to do and that is it for us. We try to treat all of our opponents as good as possible.Quad a possibility?I've not thought about it until you mentioend it and I won't think about it for the next few weeks. 12:31Simon BajkowskiChampions League runGo all the way?It is not something forgotten but it doesn't give me any extra motivation and it is a new chance and a new challenge. We just try to do our best as we did in the past. I wouldn't say we did less in the past, we just made mistakes. The motivation is there as it was last year and the year before so we just try to do our best.GladbachI feel like the difficulty is in the last few weeks but they ahve a rgeat team and a great spirit and can beat anyone on their day. They did that with Donetsk in the group stage and we know they can be a tough side to beat. They have a lot of energy and drive and just because they may struggled for a few games we cannot deny how good they are. They want to play football and I think it is going ot be a great few games.12:29Simon BajkowskiGundogan starts us offWhat is key to City winning run?A few things. Obviously having the right tactics and a great manager who gives you the right solutions, then the quality of the players. But then also the mentality, the hard work in training and going into the games with a lot of energy and confidence. All this leads to an incredible run and if we are able to maintain that level it can again be a great season 12:22Simon BajkowskiGundogan also speakingIlkay Gundogan of Manchester City (Image: Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)12:14Joe BrayTalking points ahead of Pep's press conferenceAttention turns to the Champions League after the 18-game winning run domestically.This is what Pep Guardiola could be asked about:Team news - including updates on Ake and AgueroThoughts on Borussia MonchengladbachChampions League ambitionsPlaying the game in Hungary, not GermanyPep Guardiola speaks with Kevin De Bruyne (Image: Getty)12:11Joe BrayA near full squad availableOnly two players weren't spotted in training footage released by City yesterday - Eric Garcia and Nathan Ake.There were nine youngsters included in the training squad, although not all can play in the Champions League, while there was more good news as Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero trained.Read the full story here.12:09Joe BrayGood afternoon!Hello, we'll be bringing you Pep Guardiola's press conference before City take on Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow.
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