Thursday , June 24 2021

Pep urged Man City not to hold back on the Dortmund return leg

Pep Guardiola said the Man City team would ‘go there to win’ in the Champions League quarter-final second match against Dortmund.

Man City, a Tuesday 2-1 wins on Etihad in first place.

Kevin De Bruyne finished scoring comprehensively in the first half after being founded by Riyad Mahrez.

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Guardiola’s side profited from a mistake Emre Can made. The former Liverpool man directly gifted the ball to Mahrez, who had contacted Foden before playing for De Bruyne.

Dortmund later thought they had flattened Jude Bellingham, but the goal of the British was controversially rejected.

He stole the ball from City goalkeeper Ederson and as a result put the ball into an open net. However, the referee punished Bellingham for his challenge, despite contact from Ederson.

Dortmund finally got their equalizer in the 84th minute.

A nice link game between Bellingham and Erling Haaland cut City’s defenses.

Haaland played with captain Marco Reus, who confidently sent the last five minutes the chance to set up interestingly.

Probably the best player of the night, Phil Foden stepped in to win for Man City in the last minute of regular time.

A great De Bruyne pass found Ilkay Gundogan in the penalty area. The in-form midfielder switched to Foden, who beat Marwin Hitz at close range.

Speaking after the win, Guardiola told BT Sport (via BBC Sport): “It’s better to win rather than a tie. 2-1, Champions League, we go there to win the match. We weren’t smart about the ball in the first half. The second half was much better, we had two or three clear chances to score the second and third goals, but they didn’t. After accepting 1-1, we scored the last goal.

Dortmund is strong and quality with the players they have. [With] their quality is hard to do what we want to do but 2-1 and we have a good chance next week.

We will watch the match. We’ll adjust a few things to get there and try to win the game. Then we go to Leeds and then Germany to win the game.

Borussia Dortmund is a typical club from the Champions League. We have another match there and we will try to win the goals there with a 2-1 result.

“We will analyze what we have to do as we have been doing for four or five months. Every game we play to win. “

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