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Guardiola: City will need the 'perfect performance' against PSG

Pep Guardiola has called on City to produce the ‘perfect performance’ against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night as we seek to reach our first-ever Champions League final.

City will play host to the French side in tomorrow night’s semi-final decider holding a precious 2-1 advantage from last week’s first leg.

With Guardiola’s side just two points away from regaining the Premier League title and having already secured a fourth successive Carabao Cup, it’s shaping up to be special finale to an incredible season.

The unquenchable spirit running throughout the squad has been a key factor in our success and was evident again in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win at Crystal Palace with the players on the bench urging their colleagues on to an 19th consecutive away win.


But as he looked ahead to what could be a defining week for the Club, with City also able to clinch the title with victory at home to Chelsea next Saturday, the boss sounded a note of caution about the task facing us against a wounded but star-studded PSG side.

“Everybody knows we are living something special,” Guardiola asserted.

“We are one step to be champions again, three times in four years in this country something more than remarkable.

“And we will play in the semi-final in the Champions League (trying) to reach the final for the first time for this club.

“But we have to do our job. On Tuesday we have to play almost the perfect performance.

“We play the team with perhaps right now the most talented players upfront... it’s not just one or two.

“They can win the game with one single action. We have to play as a team with an incredible mentality to play to win the game.


“We have to be more aggressive with and without the ball and to win the game. That’s why the commitment from everyone is there.

“We will try and make the best selection as possible and do a good game.”

Saturday’s latest league success saw Guardiola and City chalk up yet another notable landmark with Ferran Torres’ second-half strike marking our 700th goal of the Catalan’s Etihad reign.

The boss has already been lauded for the incredible success he has overseen in almost five years at the helm at City.

But he says the beautiful brand of football that accumulation of silverware has been achieved with is all down to the attitude of his players – both when they start and, just as significantly, when they are not selected.

“That is the best compliment we can get, when people - especially our fans - can enjoy the way we play,” Guardiola added.


“Sometimes we don't play good, but we try. Sometimes opponents are better, but the intention after five years together is to play good.

“Eight or nine guys on Saturday didn't play in Paris and were so sad after the game. They were happy for the result, but you want to do your job.

“But I said many times the best way to answer me and make me wrong or make me feel guilty is on the grass. And on Saturday they did it.

“They don't have to talk with agents, or on social media or with the media - they talk on the grass.

“That is why we have 80 points, that’s why we are in the semi-final of the Champions League, that’s why we have won four Carabao Cups in a row and that is why we make incredible numbers and records.

“Because they speak on the grass. Now we rest and prepare for Tuesday.”

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