The Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said that he is aiming for a victory when he returns to Barcelona for tonight’s Champions League match.
Guardiola won the Champions League twice when he was in charge of Barcelona and he will be fully aware of how tough the match is likely to be for his new team.
Despite this, since the team’s disappointing draw with Celtic in their last group match Guardiola is convinced that now City need to aim for maximum points.
Speaking ahead of today’s match he said, “I have never thought about the next game thinking a draw would be a good result. Of course it is complicated. No win in Glasgow means we have to take points off Barcelona there or here, and especially in Germany as well.”
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He went on to say that the team needs to win two of the remaining four games to be sure of reaching the next stage of the competition.
Guardiola has also called on fans to forget about their clashes with UEFA in the past and take pride in the team’s participation in the tournament. He called on fans to come and watch the game saying that the team deserves the stadium to be completely full.
City is arriving at Camp Nou on a three game winless run and they need to make sure that this doesn’t affect their mentality. Guardiola is well aware of the threat posed by his old team saying that they “will play against the best. Nobody plays better than Barca.” However, he did say that the match would be a great test for the team.
Tonight’s match is the first real test the club has faced under their new manager and there is a real danger that Guardiola’s former side will remind him just how much work he has to do with the new team.