By James K. Attaglo Wilson
Manchester City coach – Pep Guardiola says he want his team to dictate the pace of the game as they come face-to-face with Real Madrid this evening at the Etihad Stadium.
City goes into the match leading 2-1 on aggregate having won the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu in February, but Guardiola believes his team would have to impose their style on Zinedine Zidane’s side in order to achieve a positive result.
“We want to play our own game,” the City boss said at his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
“We want to impose our own style on the game, whether we’re defending or playing on the counter-attack or whether Madrid are countering.
“What we want to try and do is take the game to certain areas of the field where we can hurt Real Madrid, where we can show the qualities of our players.”
“I had the feeling now, today, that we are ready to play the game tomorrow and do a good performance and win the game,” he said. “That’s my feeling, we are ready.”
The Spaniard, however warned his defence not to leave any margin of error at the back.
“More than conceding the goals, it’s the way that we conceded the goals,” he said. “When they are brilliant and make a good action we have to accept it.
“But for most of them it was goals that could have been avoided. We have to avoid it. Making mistakes in this competition punishes you a lot.”