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Guardiola: It is a day for our fans to celebrate

Pep Guardiola wants City fans to enjoy the Champions League final and recreate the wonderful FA Cup final atmosphere from last weekend.

Skipper Ilkay Gundogan has asked for more of the same, saying the City fans’ noise ahead of kick-off inspired the quickfire start that saw a goal after just 13 seconds for the Blues.

The City boss would prefer to look forward and not back regarding the Champions League and says the final against Inter is the perfect time to embrace the competition.

“Absolutely, I completely agree with Ilkay,” said Guardiola. “It’s a day to celebrate - a day to be happy to be here.

“What happened in the past is finished – the Champions League is an incredible competition,.

“We are here to support unconditionally what UEFA do. We will not boo anymore - we will try and support the game.”

Guardiola was also asked whether City being made strong favourites to win by bookmakers and pundits alike, is unusual  for a Champions League final.

He responded: “We know how important the competition is.

“I don't control what people’s opinion is on a game, I focus on my team.

“I saw as many Inter games as possible. It’s a football game and the team who performs better will be the favourites.

“Inter have been here more than us. It is not important who people say is the favourite.

“What is most important is tomorrow 10pm Istanbul time who plays the best.”

Watch Pep’s full press conference on the video above… 

Mancity.com

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