Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Manchester City need to produce 'perfect game' against Liverpool, Guardiola says

Manchester City need to produce 'perfect game' against Liverpool, Guardiola says

"Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have been too hot to handle for most defences this season, with Manchester City the latest side to surrender to them on a never-to-be-forgotten night at Anfield", states Aldridge.

But the last time they led a European match by three goals at half-time was November's group tie against Sevilla when they conceded three in a insane 45 minutes to draw. We are only in the lead. That is why we are here and not thinking about who is now favourite. We lost here 5-0 in the beginning of the season.

"Dominic Solanke and Dany Ings have barely started a game all season and they were thrown into Klopp's line-up against Everton simply because Klopp didn't have any other options in reserve".

"There is no ideal football team in the world".

Guardiola admits that nothing but a "perfect" game will suffice for his team to get through.

City could barely have endured a worse result ahead of Tuesday's second leg against Liverpool.

He told a pre-match news conference: "Of course, to go through you have to make nearly the ideal game, create a lot of chances, be clinical, and the chances we're going to receive, defend well and the keeper save it".

"We need to create chances and concede few chances, and the chances we receive (against) we have to defend well".

Jurgen Klopp rested a number of players for the game at Goodison Park, but Van Dijk played the full 90 minutes and insists that he is capable of handling the hectic schedule.

"We can not go there and think we are going to defend".

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"We have 90 minutes plus extra time and what we have shown this year - even in the last game - we can create a lot of chances in the last few minutes".

The other game sees Barcelona travel to Rome with just as impressive first-leg lead after a 4-1 win in Catalunya.

"It would be the same if they were 3-0 up".

"I don't think three will easy for them but we need to be ready and a goal is always a good idea".

"I liked the performance against Roma because it was truly very hard". They have had two results no-one expected but we had to play our best.

"Beating Barca (last season) was so special because we know they're the best team in the world but it will happen sooner or later".

He said: "We need titles in Europe but that is so complicated".

Sergio Aguero missed the first leg at Anfield but made a return to action in the Manchester derby this weekend and will likely be given the nod to start by Guardiola.

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He said, "They are a team that likes to play long balls".

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