'Just be yourself' - Guardiola tells players ahead of Madrid decider

Pep Guardiola has called on his players to be themselves in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg with Real Madrid.

After a 1-1 draw in last week's first leg, we go into the Etihad clash knowing that victory would see us through to a second Champions League final in three seasons.

With such a huge prize on the line and a raucous atmosphere expected, Guardiola knows how difficult it will be to overcome Carlo Ancelotti's defending European champions.

However, the boss insists the best way to be at their best is for his players to keep their cool.

How to follow City v Real Madrid on official app

"We have to perform well," he said during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

"In the mind and heart of the players they have to make an incredible performance to beat Madrid or it’ll be so difficult.

"Football has things you can’t control. Just be yourself, this is my only wish tomorrow for my players."

Watch his press conference in full above...

City v Real Madrid: App coverage

You can follow City v Real Madrid on our official app with live updates starting on our Matchday Centre at 18:00 (UK) until the game’s completion, before our post match analysis begins.

Matchday Live kicks off shortly afterwards, with our special studio guests Nedum Onuoha, David James and Ellie Roebuck providing expert analysis up to kick-off, then at half-time and full-time.

Our pitchside presenter FG will also speak to Joleon Lescott and Guillem Balague ahead of kick-off.

The guests will also answer viewer questions throughout the broadcast, with audience participation actively encouraged on Matchday Live.

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Once the referee’s first whistle blows, Alistair Mann and Andy Morrison will provide live audio commentary while our text updates from the Etihad continue.

A detailed match report will be posted upon the game’s conclusion before we gather post-match reaction from Guardiola and members of our squad shortly after.

Short highlights will be available from 23:00(UK), while the full-match replay, available on CITY+ and Recast, can be accessed from midnight.