Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his team will go out to attack AS Monaco in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League second leg clash in France, while insisting he will never return to coach Barcelona.
City defeated Monaco 5-3 in the first leg two weeks ago at the Etihad and must avoid losing 2-0 to stand a chance of qualifying into the quarter-finals.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference on Tuesday night, Guardiola said: “It would be a huge mistake to think about what we have done and forget about what we have to do.
“I want to see my team from the first minute want to win the game. We have to score goals.
“Monaco are a fantastic team. I invite the people to come here and they will see a good game tomorrow.
“The best way (to defend) is score goals. When one team scores that many goals and you think about just defending, you kill yourself.
“The idea is to try and attack. We scored five goals when it’s not easy to score against them.”
Guardiola played down his seven consecutive semi-final appearances (with Barcelona and Bayern Munich), instead stated he is focused in making sure City overcome Monaco and progress into the last eight of this year’s Champions League.
He said:”I am not thinking about being in the semi-finals seven times in a row. I am here to help Manchester City reach the next round.
“What I want is tomorrow to make a good game. I want to be in the quarter-finals, it would be a dream for me.”
When asked if he would one day return to Barcelona, where he won two Champions League titles, Guardiola said: “Never again. My career in Barcelona is done.”
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