The head coach of Manchester city Josep Guardiola before the Champions League match against Schalke revealed the secret of success in the main European club tournament
The coach of the English club agreed with the statements of some critics that his two victories in the Champions League with Barcelona was the merit of the players.
Josep Guardiola paid tribute to his former ward the Catalan club, saying that he was lucky that he had such a selection of players.
“I can’t win the Champions League, because I don’t have Messi, Xavi and Iniesta? Absolutely agree. I will not argue with that for a second. When I was working in Barcelona, has said many times that I have great players.
In Bavaria I also had a great lineup, and now Manchester city. However, in Barcelona I was lucky. Sorry, but I was lucky. I therefore fully agree with the critics” — quoted Guardiola Goal.com.
We will remind that the first match of 1/8 final of the Champions League Schalke – Manchester city will take place on Wednesday, February 20, in Gelsenkirchen at the Veltins-Arena. Beginning at 22:00.
Earlier it was reported that on Tuesday, February 19, took place the match of 1/8 final of the Champions League between Liverpool and Bayern Munich and Lyon and Barcelona.
In both games of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League teams fully put aside the issue of reaching the quarter-finals before the return matches, after retiring from the field with absolutely no goals scored.
Liverpool and Bayern continued the tradition of his bezgolevym draws at Anfield, having failed for the third time to hit the gates each other on the field of the Merseysiders in the framework of European competitions.
In the first match of the current confrontation in the Champions League the most dangerous moment at gate of Liverpool came when his own defender Matip, breaking the cross, almost scored an own goal but, fortunately for the hosts, hit the goalkeeper Alisson. In General, the English club retained possession and tried to push the opponent in front of their fans, but no shot of Salah, nor the efforts of the Manet, who were beaten in the fall by himself, with a reversal of the penalty area, after a corner, did not become effective.
In the second half, the teams decided not to risk and brought the match to a goalless draw, staged, looks like both teams that are now battling for a place in the quarter-finals in the second match.
The match in France, Barcelona in the first half confidently and dominated on the field, creating enough chances at the gate of Lyon, but shots from Messi, Dembele, Rakitic missed the target. In the second half the Catalan team a little slowed down, and the owners tried to operate on counterattacks. The teams went goalless world.
Now Barcelona is already in the home match will solve the implementation problem and the task of reaching the quarter-finals and Lyon to continue the fight in the Champions League may be enough and effective draw.
Earlier, UEFA has changed the start time in the Champions League this season.
As reported Politeka, the European football Union will also create a new tournament for European clubs. Its launch is to be held in season 2021/22.