Pep Guardiola and Manchester City would meet Real Madrid next week in the Clash of the Titans of the UEFA Champions League. City have the advantage, but the Real Madrid they would face are not the ones which they faced in the first outing – right now they are the champions of Spain and under Zidane, they have bounced back.
Overcoming the Real Madrid challenge would not be that easier.
Pep Guardiola shared his opinion with DAZN.
Here are the excerpts:
On Real Madrid
“They’re a very strong team, in every way, and they have helped me be a better coach.”
“Both with Jose Mourinho, with [Manuel] Pellegrini, with all the coaches they’ve had.”
“If they have done what they have done, winning three Champions Leagues in a row, to take two league titles away from Barcelona when Barcelona in this decade have dominated [LaLiga Santander] like nobody else… I’m so glad that things are going well for them”.
On Zinedine Zidane
“I admire both versions, as a player and as a coach”
“Both of them. I think Zidane the player was… wow!”
“How I would have liked to play with him”.
“I had the misfortune of running into him with France”.
On winning the Champions League for City
“They ask you how you’re going to feel when you’re going to win something you haven’t won.”
“I don’t know, I don’t know how I’m going to feel”.
“Honestly, I tried it the first year, and the second and the third and the fourth, and in the years to come”.
“And if [my team] can play in it, I’m going to try and win it, like everybody else”.
“But if I don’t win it, will I have failed?”
“Well, I will have failed, but the important thing is to try”.
“The toughest opponent I’ve faced in my career has been this Liverpool from the last year”.
“They’ve dominated all the records”.
“When you let yourself be dominated and confined in your area, you don’t get out”.
“When you dominate them, they run into space like nobody else.”