Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Guardiola at odds with Gundogan over Tottenham analysis

Guardiola at odds with Gundogan over Tottenham analysis

Sergio Aguero looked short of match fitness in midweek, missing a penalty in the opening exchanges before getting subbed on the hour, and may drop out in favour of Gabriel Jesus.

"Especially in the second half it was under control".

Asked how we'll approach a game against a team whose Premier League fate has already been sealed, Mauricio replied: "Always with all the respect". After we conceded a goal nothing happened. Schalke was a far more risky situation because we were 10 against 11 and losing 2-1, but we reacted well in both situations.

It might have paid off had Sergio Aguero not had a first-half penalty saved and, speaking ahead of Sunday's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace, Guardiola remained broadly satisfied with a performance he would not rank alongside some of the more dramatic knockout-stage collapses he and City have suffered in Europe's leading club competition.

Pep Guardiola hailed Kevin De Bruyne's recent form for Manchester City as "incredible", and said he is able "to see passes that the rest of human beings are not able to see". I know how hard it is in the Champions League, away at Tottenham and we made a good performance. "It's all or nothing on Wednesday, so hopefully we can perform well and win the game". I reviewed the game yesterday and sometimes I have the feeling that I was wrong at the time but I had a similar feeling.

"I don't agree with him". I like when they express what they believe. "We did quite well". Twenty months, winning every three days, 180 points over the past two seasons.

Left-back Benjamin Mendy may make his first league start since the Manchester derby five months ago, while Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane could be in line for recalls.

Guardiola said City had controlled Spurs "quite well" with a lower tempo and did not want to concede counter-attacks.

"We chose to play a different type of game. Unfortunately we couldn't score but we have the second leg with our friends at home and we'll go for the semi-finals".

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