Copenhagen vs Man City: Guardiola wants early qualification
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has stated that his team would go all out for victory in Tuesday’s Champions League match against Copenhagen, as they look to secure qualification for the next round with only two games remaining.
Since returning from international duty, the Blue side of Manchester has been in blazing form, beating local rivals Manchester United 6-3, Copenhagen 5-0 in the Champions League last week Wednesday, and Southampton 4-0 all at home.
Guardiola stated at a pre-match press conference ahead of the UCL encounter against Danish league champions that he is pleased with his team’s performance but hinted at improvements.
“Better [defense] in the last game.” In general, it is satisfactory. We can do better, and I am happy. We have three games in three days. We have one week after the Liverpool game. We don’t have much time to think about how we may be attacking or defending. You may not have time to consider certain issues. They can’t manage [so many games] because of the tempo.”
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He stated that his team would not underestimate Copenhagen, and that if they fail to obtain a good result, it will be because Copenhagen performed well.”I’m confident the players will figure it out.”
Maybe it will be different if we play two months later, but we have the possibility to close qualifying one week later. We’ve been playing pretty well in the previous several games. So far, I am quite pleased with how [we are playing].
“With the type of talent they have, we are not going to underestimate them.” It will not be an exception. If things don’t go well, it won’t be because we don’t play well, but because Copenhagen does. We want to make the final 16, and that is what we will strive for.”
Man City have won all three of their Champions League games this season, and a win over Copenhagen will ensure their passage to the next round with two games to spare.