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Man City, Guardiola: “I’m not talking about Napoli, his coach is surly and sensitive”

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 Il manager catalano alla vigilia della sfida Champions col Bayern: "Dovremo fare una gara perfetta"

During the pre-match press conference with Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola throws a dig at Luciano Spalletti. “I don’t want to talk about Napoli because the coach will be grumpy with me. So sensitivethe Manchester City manager joked. The Catalan manager, who had complimented Napoli, refers to his colleague’s angry response after the victory against Eintracht: pressure on the other, everyone does it, so it doesn’t make me proud – Spalletti’s words -. What do you do, put Napoli ahead of Manchester City who spend 900 million to make the team while we spend 9? You play the little game that takes you there, because then you’re sure to fall”.

City goes in search of the Champions League dream and in front is perhaps the great favorite for the final victory. “We care a lot. We want to test ourselves against an elite club like Bayern Munich – added Guardiola -. You have to deserve it, let’s try to take the first step tomorrow. The question has been coming for six, seven years. It comes every single season We’ve tried every single season, but there are teams you face that are also good. We want to try as always, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to win. Michael Jordan won six NBA titles, how many seasons did he play? 16. We have to be perfect to get a good result for the return to Germany. The important thing is that we’re still here”.

Guardiola has asked his team to forget the Premier League and focus only on performance. “What I can say is that the players react very well. In this competition, the Premier League doesn’t count, it counts how you play in the 90 minutes, it doesn’t count what you did three days ago. You have to be perfect in the 95 minutes. Tomorrow night, you have to be ready. We have to score goals and play our best as soon as the match starts.”

Against Bayern, the extra weapon could be a
Haaland in great shape. “He’s so important to us. He’s come to help us try to win the Champions League but also the FA Cup and the Premier League on a daily basis. It’s important to have a player who can score from nothing. Against Monaco we scored six Goals and we went out. Against Tottenham, four goals and we went out. We always scored goals, that was never the problem.”

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