Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola knows that the task will not be easy for Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final, despite the difference in the level of the two clubs in the recent period, but he expressed his happiness with the victory 2-1 in the first leg on Tuesday.
City advanced with a goal through Kevin De Bruyne before Marco Reus equalized in the 84th minute, but Phil Foden snatched the victory goal in the last minute to give the Premier League leaders an advantage.
City lacked the usual ferocity in the offensive third, but the Spanish coach said that his team had to deal with high expectations thanks to its brilliance and a series of victories in the recent period in exchange for Dortmund’s suffering in the German league.
“When 26 of 27 games win and the opponent does not win the German League title, the pressure is on us,” Guardiola said.
“Everyone thinks everything is guaranteed for us and that we must win. We have a great desire to qualify.”
Dortmund, who hosts the second leg on Wednesday, has almost faded hopes for the league title and his hopes are limited to trying to be in the semi-finals, while City tries to win a foursome of titles.
Guardiola said he was looking forward to making some changes before the second leg, but stressed that his team would not go to Germany to defend.
“I asked the players to win the match. We achieved that and now we will go to Dortmund, not for defense. We will organize the pressure and organize the attack building and play 90 minutes to try to reach the semi-finals,” he added.
Guardiola praised the 20-year-old player, Fouden, who showed his danger as the match drew to a close.
Guardiola said, “Phil was brilliant at his ferocity in the last 30 minutes and was dangerous. In the second half he played brilliantly … He got two or three chances to score and finally scored.”
City will play Leeds United in the Premier League on Saturday.