Man-City secured their qualification to the next round of the European competition as other giants struggle to make their way.
After their 0-0 draw with Porto,Manchester City
, secured their place as the leaders of Group C and one of the qualifiers to the next stage as other teams includingReal Madrid
, andRB Leipzig
continue to be on the verge of an early exit. The Blues coach,
, commented on their game admitting that qualification is not an easy task as some may assume it to be.
“This year especially in the Champions League it was tricky because if you lose or draw you have to go to the last game and there is always risk with the COVID situation,”
“I know it's a disaster if we were not able to do it. Nowadays, [people think it is] so easy but we know in the other groups, some important incredible teams are finding it difficult to qualify.”
“We know how important the groups are and how difficult it is to qualify so this competition is really difficult - if you sleep for one or two games everything is going to be complicated. Today is a day to be to be happy and now it's time to forget until February the Champions League and focus on the Premier League.”
Later Guardiola added about their final match of Group C withMarseille
, which will follow three days after they face their Premier League opponent,Manchester United
“All the players deserve to play. We’re going to make a selection, it depends if they're tired, it depends on their behaviour on the pitch, in training sessions, in the locker room, in many situations. We will see.”
“It is not just to prepare absolutely for United and Old Trafford, because against Marseille we're going to play to win. This is the way big teams create the mentality. It doesn't matter what competition you play, you have to try to do it and we did really well all game.”
Though Man-City have been struggling to score goals in their recent matches Guardiola admitted that he was happy with his team’s performance.
“We played exceptionally well. Unfortunately we could not score but we came here to finish first. We are happy, I guess Porto (who also qualified) are as well."
“We played with huge personality, courage to go there and keep the ball. I know it is not easy. They played with eight players in the box, they were so strong, the full-backs are so strong but we were patient and we attacked and we created enough chances to win. This is the most important thing.”