After both managers press conference it’s clear that Pep Guardiola will be giving it his all to ensure that City don’t fall to their English rivals in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. His City side have a mountain to climb should they hope to proceed to the next round. Jurgen Klopp also made it clear that he wasn’t becoming complacent ahead of the tie tomorrow with the 5-0 defeat at the Etihad back in September.
“Of course to go through you have to make almost the perfect game – create chances, be clinical and concede few chances. All the conditions have to be perfect to go through. But you have 90 minutes and in football everything can happen. We are going to try and we will see.” Gaurdiola said.
“Every time we play against Liverpool we know each other. We have to play better to beat them, you cannot forget it’s a simple game. We have to focus on what we do. If we concede a goal, don’t give up.”
Whilst Guardiola remains sceptical that his side will pick up a positive result tomorrow, he remains confident that titles will keep coming to the blue side of Manchester in the coming season.
“We need titles in Europe, which is complicated. Maybe not tomorrow but what this club has done in the last ten years, the facilities, the desire to make it happen, it will happen. If not this season, maybe next, but sooner or later it will happen.
My team is extraordinary. Exceptional. It is a joy to be manager of the team. I am so delighted.”
Jurgen Klopp is adamant his players wont be complacent ahead of the second tie.
“There is still a lot of work to do. That is why we are here. Not to think about who is the favourite.
It’s our job to try with all we have to use that situation. We created it. The boys created it with an outstanding performance. Very, very mature. I’m excited and not anything else.”
The German however wasn’t sure if the Premier League top goal scorer Mohamed Salah would be available for the tie.
“We have to see. We have to wait for the reaction tomorrow. Then we’ll make a decision. That’s it.”
Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk knows that the situation facing Liverpool will be a strange one.
“It’s pretty clear that defending a 3-0 lead here is going to be a bit of a strange situation. But we need to come here with the mindset that it is still 0-0. We want to win the game. We know we are capable of scoring.
We as a team feel like we are in a great moment. I think we can make it difficult for any team in the world. That’s what I think, but we need to show it. We need to be ready for a fight and a good game. And we will be.”
The game is set up for a fascinating tie tomorrow night at the Etihad and for the neutral, hopefully it will exceed the excitement of the first.