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Pep Guardiola is adamant that his City side enjoy the pressure of the group stages as they edge closer to qualification.

City are just one step away from the Round of 16 of the Uefa Champions League, with a win or draw against upcoming opponents, Lyon, securing our place in the knockout stage.

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After securing early qualification in the group stages last season, Pep states that while it would be an advantage to replicate the group stage success, the focus must remain on the task in hand.

“I want to qualify, that’s the first target,” Pep stated. “When you start the season to now, most important is qualifying in the Champions League.

“If you make one or two mistakes, then you’re out. When you believe it’s already done, it’s not done until it’s done.

“We like that pressure. To play against Hoffenheim in the last game (already qualified) would be a big advantage, but first: let’s qualify.”

Watch the full interview with Pep Guardiola and Aymeric Laporte in the video above…