UEFA Champions League UCL: Guardiola Urges His Players To Be Wary Of Copenhagen

Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola has cautioned his reigning champions against becoming comfortable ahead of Wednesday’s home second leg match.

Despite leading 3-1 against FC Copenhagen in their Champions League Round of 16 match,. Guardiola believes it is not yet over.

Sunday’s match between second-place City and league leaders Liverpool, whom they trail by a point, is scheduled. However, the Spaniard stated that the primary goal is still to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals.

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In football, details make the difference. Everything can happen,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“We concede a goal in the 85th minute … concede two, we have to go to extra time.

I have a lot of respect for Copenhagen. They defend, they have a good system … they’re really well organised,” he added.

Guardiola used RB Leipzig as an example, who City defeated 3-1 away from home in the group stage but had to rally from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 at home.

Two mistakes, zero two,” he said. “If we (conceded) another goal we’d be second in the table.”

City striker Erling Haaland echoed his manager’s sentiments.

I haven’t thought of (the Liverpool game) until you asked me now,” he said.

“I am focused on Copenhagen. It’s going to be a huge game against Liverpool, we have to be ready for the game. We have to be brave and play at our best.”

After the game in Copenhagen, Guardiola stated that the players’ level of fitness will determine the lineup for the match against Liverpool.

“Selection depends on the players, on how they feel.

The competition is so important because in football everything can happen and you have to be aware of that,” he said.

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