Football: Man City players must remain calm to eliminate PSG, says Guardiola

    London: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his players should take control of their emotions and take the opportunity to make history to face Paris St Germain in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday.

    City took a 2–1 lead after a stunning performance in Paris last week and Guardiola’s men are touching distance for their first Champions League final.

    Guardiola, who won the trophy twice as Barcelona coach, has urged his team to play with the same confidence that has helped them dominate the Premier League this season.

    “We don’t want to miss this opportunity. I think we’re going to do well,” Guardiola told his news conference.

    “This is the first time most of us are here together – I know that what we are playing, you don’t need too many emotions in these games – keep calm and know what you have to do.

    “They have to imagine that they can do it. What we have to do is no different than what we have done in the last seven months, go there, play your game and win.”

    PSG forward Qian Mabappé is doubtful for the match at the Etihad Stadium, in which the calf on the lens missed an injury in the weekend’s league match.

    Video footage circulating on social media informed the French World Cup winner of his arrival in Manchester, but Guardiola has no doubt of Mbappe’s availability.

    Guardiola said, “He’s going to play. I’m playing for him.” “For football, for sports, hopefully he can play.”


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