Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Is Pep Guardiola's domestic dominance hurting his Champions League chances?

Is Pep Guardiola's domestic dominance hurting his Champions League chances?

Pep Guardiola's charges have it all to do after a comprehensive 3-0 first-leg loss at Anfield last week - meaning they need four clear goals to get through to the semis. "We will train and then make a decision".

What makes Tuesday's game particularly fascinating is that City boast an attack more than capable of ripping apart Liverpool's defence - as they showed with their 5-0 Premier League win over Klopp's men in September.

"He was training yesterday and now I am here. That is the only thing for us", he said.

Despite a commanding 3-0 lead from the Anfield clash, Klopp added he will not change his approach for the second-leg at Etihad.

Asked whether Aguero would be fit to start or if the tackle had led to a setback, Guardiola responded sarcastically. We have to play our game. "It is all about going into the next round".

Guardiola reiterated it may be too soon for City to win the Champions League, but acknowledged how important overcoming Liverpool in the quarter-finals could prove to his desire for long-term success. "I hope we can do our job".

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"[They have] the best coach in the world".

"There is no flawless football team in the world".

He said, "I don't know but if we are not able to cope with that psychologically it will be a good lesson for the future. It's not the first time it has happened in football and it won't be the last time", he noted then. It was not easy.

"I bet Barcelona don't think they are through against [Roma]".

"As with all high-profile games such as this, we have also carried out intelligence gathering beforehand and will continue to work with both clubs and supporter groups to ensure all fans can enjoy the match in a competitive but safe environment". Having won the Bundesliga the Bavarians lost three league games on the trot - more than in the rest of the whole campaign - in their fixtures sandwiched by the semi-final.

"It is different. We are longer together".

"It is nice to play in that stadium where you were for a couple of years and didn't get a first-team appearance - at least I get to play now", said the German, who spent two seasons at City between 2009 and 2011 as a teenager but only played for the under-18s and under-21s.

That, combined with the reminder of a Champions League record that has seen him fail to reach a final since 2011, would be an uncomfortable ordeal for most managers.

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