Guardiola not carried away by result in Champions League

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Pep Guardiola has insisted that Manchester City will not be carried away with the result at Etihad in the Champions League against Bayern Munich.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is aware of the danger the German side possesses as he shifts focus to the second leg already.

City defeated Bayern Munich 3-0 as goals from Rodri, Silva and Haaland gives Pep Guardiola side a great advantage in the quarterfinals.

Guardiola claimed the frantic game at the Etihad Stadium had aged him significantly but hailed the result as “incredible.”

“Emotionally, I’m destroyed,” Guardiola told a postmatch news conference.

“I have [aged] 10 more years today. It was such a demanding game. Now I have to relax, a day off for the guys, prepare for Leicester [on Saturday].

“I know exactly what you have to do there [in Munich]. If you don’t perform really well, they are able to score one, two, three. I know that. The players know that. It’s an incredible result, but we have to do our game with huge, huge personality.”

After Rodri had put City ahead with a stunning strike from outside the penalty area, City took advantage of a Dayot Upamecano mistake to make it 2-0 when the French defender was robbed by Jack Grealish and Haaland crossed for Silva to head in.

Haaland made it 3-0 with his 45th goal of a record-breaking season, representing the most ever by a Premier League player. And although it made for an emphatic result, Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel said afterward he did not believe it was deserved.

“I won’t allow the players to focus on the result,” Tuchel said. “It’s not deserved, and it does not tell the story of this match. That will be the challenge, to focus on things we did good. We played with personality, courage, the right attitude and with a lot of quality.

“Everybody is disappointed, and we have very mixed feelings. I told the players, and they felt this does not feel like 3-0; but it is 3-0, and it’s a huge, huge task to turn it around. We will not give up, and a home match in Germany is a home match in Germany, and it will not be over until we’re in the shower.”


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