The manager of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, and his players have another chance to prove to their doubters that they can conquer Europe.
The Premier League side will face Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of the quarter-final tie in Germany later today, April 14, at 20:00. Recall that Pep Guardiola and his boys defeated the German Bundesliga side 2-1 in the first leg of the tie which means that a win or a draw will be enough to see the Premier League club through to the semi-final stage of the competition.
Most football fans are expecting Pep Guardiola and his boys to break the jinx which has seen the Premier League club reach the quarter-final stage of the competition three successive seasons without qualifying for the next round of the competition.
Pep Guardiola and his boys have been dominating domestic football competitions in England winning the league title and other domestic tournaments with ease.
This season, the Premier League club that is yet to win a UEFA Champions League title in the club’s history is on the verge of winning the EFL Cup, the FA Cup, and the Premier League title.
But the biggest title the coach, the players, the owners, and the club’s fans are looking forward to winning is this season’s UEFA Champions League campaign. Before they can achieve that, they would have to defeat Borussia Dortmund.
Ahead of the important second leg of the tie, Pep Guardiola described the fixture as an opportunity for Man City to prove themselves in the competition.
The Spanish tactician revealed that he would not do anything special in the game but urged the superstars in his team to take responsibility.
Pep Guardiola said: “Now is the time to take another step, everyone wants it. The players first because they were sad when we were not able to go to the semi-finals.
“Tomorrow is another opportunity to prove ourselves. Nobody is going to give it to us – we have to win it, we have to do it.
“If we are good or don’t make mistakes, as we did against Lyon, we are going to do it. We will see but I’m so excited to travel to Germany, and for all the players and the club, to try to do it…
“Of course you have to control your emotions but sometimes you need emotions in a good way to win this type of game.
“I didn’t say anything special, we are not going to do anything special. We just go there to win the game, analyze and each one try to be a leader on the pitch.
“When the guy feels comfortable during the game to take responsibility, be more involved; for the guys who are more nervous or quiet, OK, do your job, play simple, be calm, and after the rest will come. After, maybe, five minutes you will be ready to make a good performance again.”