Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City will beat Paris Saint-Germain to reach their first Champions League final on Tuesday – but has warned the semi-final second leg will be the toughest game they face.
City take on PSG at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday having beaten the French champions 2-1 in Paris in the first leg last week.
That result means Guardiola is within touching distance of his first Champions League final since he won the competition with Barcelona in 2011, but he said:
“From my experience the semi-finals are always difficult.
“You play with the result of the first leg, you play with your mind on the final and sometimes you forget what you have to do – win the game you are playing.
“The semi-final second leg is always the difficult one – always has been like this. Final is completely different.”
Guardiola is hoping his players can channel their previous disappointments in the Champions League towards victory over PSG, saying:
“I would like to feel that we learned about our defeats but I don’t know how we’re going to react – it’s always a mystery.
“The nice part of our jobs is it’s incredibly unpredictable. It was disappointing, but life always gives you another opportunity, another challenge.
“I would love to say, ‘yes, we learned from that’, but maybe tomorrow we play a bad game. I don’t think it, but we could play a bad game and be out of the final.