After below-par displays against Bournemouth and Arsenal, Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will lose to Real Madrid on current form.
It does not take a genius” to know Manchester City must improve if they are to knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League, says Pep Guardiola.
Off field this week they had a significant victory as the Court of Arbitration for sport overturned their two years ban from UEFA competitons. On the field, it has been a different story with head coach Guardiola worried about his players’ performance in the Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup Semi- final defeat to Arsenal.
Despite winning the EFL Cup in March, City’s meek Premier League title defence in 2019-20 means their campaign will ultimately be judged on how the reformatted Champions League plays out. They hold a 2-1 advantage over Madrid before the second leg of the last-16 tie at the Etihad Stadium on 7 August.
Guardiola speaking on yesterday defeat to Arsenal
“We didn’t make a good performance,” he said, after City failed to prevail in a domestic cup tie for the first time since February 2018.
“We can lose the game. My regret is we didn’t play the first half like we played the second one. Sometimes it happens. It’s an incredible run but sometimes you can lose.
“But the way we lost, particularly in the first half, we’re sad about this.”