Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has called on his club’s supporters to provide an electric atmosphere as they look to advance into the UEFA Champions League semifinals tonight.
City welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad Stadium for the return leg of the teams’ quarterfinal tie. The London side lead 1-0 from the first leg at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Tuesday, where Son Heung-min scored the only goal of the game.
Guadriola, who won the Champions League twice while at the helm of Barcelona (2009 & 2011) admits he is “very curious” regarding how much supporters care about reaching the last four of the continental tournament.
“I want to see that they want to get to the semifinals, not just the players, the fans too,” said the City manager ta his pre-match press conference.
“I want to see that. If tomorrow [Wednesday] night they don’t help us [then] – do it for the guys, they are so proud. We need them in our bad moments, at this stage we cannot go through. I’m really curious how our fans will be.”
Guardiola pointed to the level of support for the 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Premier League earlier this year as what he would like to see again.
“The Liverpool game would be enough for me, a little bit better,” the Catalan said, before going on to explain that winning the Champions League would not determine whether he was a failure or success at City.
“I know people say I came here to win the Champions League,” he said. “I didn’t come here to win the Champions League, honestly. I came here to play with my team the way we are playing the last 20 months, that is what I came here [for], to play the way I want to play.
“And of course I want the Champions League – I know in Bayern Munich, a big club, after three seasons winning absolutely everything, the Champions League was a big failure.
“What can I say? I accept that. I have to live with that but it’s not a big problem, it pushes me better. I understand the others are better too, in this competition. They are better too. A lot of big, big clubs are not in the later stages either.”