Cape Town - Manchester
City manager Pep Guardiola believes the football world would be
merciless in their criticism of his team if they were to fail to beat
Monaco on Tuesday.
City host the Ligue 1 leaders for the first leg of their Champions
League last-16 tie, and Guardiola knows there will be immense pressure
The Spaniard never failed to reach the semifinal stage of the
competition, during his time at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and won the
competition twice, while in Spain, however, he is remains in awe of the
occasion every time.
"All of Europe is going to watch us, to analyse us, to kill us if we
don't win, to say how good we are when we win and that experience is
beautiful to me," said Guardiola.
"It is not easy to be here. I said many times, in the Champions
League the recent history is quite good but Manchester City were not
there for a long time. I want the players to enjoy this moment --
because it's beautiful.
"People can think, 'OK, it's Man City, it's English football, the
most prestigious football, the most media, the most advertising, and you
have to be here.' But a lot of clubs, big clubs, are not here. We have
to see that we are lucky guys.
"I always played this competition this way, even at Barcelona and
Bayern where they had more experience of the competition. I still
Meanwhile Guardiola also came to the defence of Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger who has come under increasing pressure after a heavy 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich.
The former Bayern manager labeled the criticism as unacceptable saying that managers make decisions prior to games with the media criticising their decisions in hindsight after games, which is easier to do.
Kick off is at 21:45.