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Guardiola: City must enjoy ‘incredible’ challenge of Real tie

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has told his players to enjoy the madrid UCL challenge and warns they require two exceptional performances in order to make it into the finals.

Guardiola first eliminated Real in 2011 while at Barcelona and did it again in 2019 at manchester City and has the potential to become the first manager to eliminate the capital club they here times in the UCL.

Madrid have been the major European powerhouse, winning the UCL a record 13 times as Manchester City are still in search of their first.

Despite the gap in history, Pep has revealed his team will cherish the test of facing the la liga champions elect.

“If we had to compete with their history, we wouldn’t have any chance – they are better,” he said. “Their history speaks for itself. We have the desire to compete against them. For us, playing against them is an incredible test and we want to try it. We’ll have to suffer, stick together, and try to do as best as possible.

“It would be the same against Bayern or Barcelona. They are a team many times in this position [the latter stages]. In the last decade we were almost never here, and now we are, which is good.

“The history’s there, we cannot change it, but tomorrow we play 11 against 11, with one ball moving, and the players will decide. Of course, we’ll play against players that have been in this position many times, even beyond, reaching finals and winning.

Guardiola has faced Ancelotti on six previous occasions, winning four and losing two. However, all four of his victories came when Ancelotti was at Everton, with the Italian winning their two Champions League meetings, both in the 2013-14 semi-finals (Real Madrid’s 5-0 aggregate win over Bayern Munich).

In the end, the game will arguably be won by a more tactical side

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