Man City not resting easy despite big win against Bayern: Guardiola


Thomas Tuchel, Head Coach of FC Bayern Munich, gestures as Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City, looks on during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg match between Manchester City and FC Bayern München at Etihad Stadium on April 11, 2023 in Manchester, England.

Manchester City appeared in total control in a surgical second-half dismantling of Bayern Munich on Tuesday but Pep Guardiola looked aghast when a reporter asked if it was the most comfortable he and his team have felt this season.

“It was not comfortable at all, emotionally I’m destroyed,” he said, prompting laughter. “I [aged] 10 more years today.”

Nevertheless, City took a huge step towards a first Champions League title with a 3-0 victory over the visiting German powerhouse at Etihad Stadium in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League quarterfinal.

Scoring machine Erling Haaland netted his 45th goal of the campaign, a single-season record for a Premier League player, in his maiden campaign. Rodri, with a highlight-reel strike, and Bernardo Silva also scored, taking City’s extraordinary goal differential to 34-3 in their last nine games.

Still, Guardiola said there would be no resting easy until they have faced his former team at Allianz Arena next Wednesday.

“To knock out these teams you have to have two good games, not one,” the Spaniard said.

Bayern manager Thomas Tuchel agreed.

“Football is football, a home match in Germany is a home match in Germany, and it will not be over until we’re in the shower,” said Tuchel, whose Chelsea won the European Cup in 2021 in City’s lone appearance in the final.

Tuesday’s game in blustery rain was tight until midway through the second half. Both keepers were kept busy.

“Part of the game they were better than us,” Guardiola said.

“In the second half, after we adjusted something, and in the last part of the game, the last minutes, we were better, we scored three fantastic goals, we had more chances.

“Yes, it was an incredible result, but I know a bit about what it means at Allianz Arena … I’ve been there many, many times, three years [as manager] there and I know in Europe this team [Bayern] is special.”

Tuchel took over as Bayern boss last month after the surprise sacking of Julian Nagelsmann.

The new manager stressed to his players not to focus on Tuesday’s result.

“Because I think it’s not a deserved result. It does not tell the story of this match,” Tuchel said.

“That will be the challenge, to focus on the things we did well. We played with personality we played with courage, we played with the right attitude and a lot of quality.”

Bayern are six-time European champions and lead the Bundesliga ahead of Borussia Dortmund while the Champions League title is the one trophy to elude Manchester City, who are chasing Arsenal in the Premier League title race.

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