Before trying his luck again against Dortmund on Wednesday (9 p.m., on RMC Sport 2), Pep Guardiola admitted that it had taken several weeks to recover from Manchester City’s defeat against Lyon, in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Champions League. -2020.
Manchester City are on the verge of reclaiming the England crown, with the Manchester club having a comfortable margin over neighbor United in the Premier League, but Pep Guardiola’s biggest challenge for men is in Europe. Already among the favorites of the Champions League last year, the Citizens had failed in the quarterfinals against Olympique Lyonnais of Rudi Garcia (3-1). A huge failure that the Spanish coach had a hard time managing.
Rodri: “Do not think about the repercussions of the result”
“Of course, it remained in my head for weeks, all summer, and it was painful, explained Guardiola in a press conference on Monday. We congratulated Lyon, accepted not to have deserved to pass. Obviously it was painful, but in the end what can we do? We have to prepare for the next season, and here we are again to try again. ” City tried again on Tuesday (9 p.m., on RMC Sport 2) against Borussia Dortmund of Erling Haaland, in the quarter-final first leg of the competition.
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The ghosts of the past lurk, and he will have to be chased away against a team led by an extraordinary player, Erling Haaland, to whom he will not have to “leave any spaces”. “It was a failure, admits Rodri concerning Lyon, but it was only on one match, it’s different, there we have the opportunity to turn the situation around and prove that we are ready for this challenge. The important thing is to stay calm, to think about the game and not about the repercussions of the result, about the media. “
Pep Guardiola was eliminated three times in a row in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with Manchester City: by Liverpool, Tottenham, and therefore Lyon. The scorers of Juve in the Final 8 had managed to thwart the English, the providential man against City, Maxwell Cornet, opening the scoring in the first period (24th). Often on the verge of rupture, Lyon had carried the blow at the end of the match, twice, thanks to a double from Moussa Dembélé (79th, 87th).