Pep: We have to be aggressive to win the game

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  • Post published:April 19, 2023

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists that his side have to be aggressive against Bayern Munich when the two sides meet at the Allianz Arena for the Champions League quarter-final second leg on Wednesday evening.

Man City will enter the second leg with a commanding three-goal lead over the Bundesliga giants after they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win thanks to goals from Rodri, Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland at the Etihad Stadium last week.

City comes into this fixture looking to continue their current run of form following their 3-1 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League this past weekend.

Guardiola and his chargers will now turn their attention back to the Champions League as their three goal lead puts them on step closer to booking their place in the semi-finals but Guardiola acknowledges that it wont be that easy of a task to accomplish in Munich.

“We have a final in four days against Bayern Munich and I know the character and personality they have with their players and the mentality. We have to work a lot and be stable mentally in our bad moments.

“We have to go there so aggressive to win the game, to score goals and win the game. This is the mindset I have – and I would like to put that in the mind of my players.

“We will watch the first game back and see what things we can do better and prevent the good things they can do and try to win the game.

“We need a lot of energy for Wednesday but that energy comes from here [points to the head], not from the legs – how your mentality will be in Munich playing against a top, top team.

“We have to see if we can play as we have done at home and show great courage to impose our game.

“If we are going there to be a little bit passive in our game, they are able to do like we are able to do here [in the first leg at the Etihad]. We are able to do many, many good things and they are able to do it [too].”