(Reuters) – Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola knew their Champions League quarter-final in opposition to Borussia Dortmund could be no stroll within the park, regardless of the latest type of each golf equipment, so he was happy to return out of Tuesday’s first leg with a 2-1 benefit.
Metropolis went forward within the first half via Kevin De Bruyne earlier than Marco Reus scored an 84th minute equaliser, however Phil Foden grabbed a last-minute winner to tip the steadiness in favour of the Premier League leaders.
Guardiola’s facet lacked their ordinary sharpness within the ultimate third however the Spaniard stated his staff needed to cope with an enormous burden of expectation due to their red-hot type coming into the match and Dortmund’s struggles within the Bundesliga.
“If you win 26 video games in 27 and they don’t seem to be profitable the Bundesliga, the stress is on our shoulders,” he stated.
“Every part is assured for us. All people believed we’d win.
“We had an unimaginable dedication and need to undergo.”
Dortmund, who host the return leg subsequent Wednesday, have seen their title hopes vanish and now look unlikely to seize a spot within the prime 4, whereas Metropolis need to full a quadruple.
Guardiola stated he would look to make some changes for the return leg however burdened they’d not be going to Germany to take a seat again and defend.
“I requested the gamers to win the sport. We did it and now we go to Dortmund to not defend,” he added. “We’ll modify our urgent, modify our buildup and play 90 minutes to attempt to attain the semi-final.”
Guardiola hailed the efficiency of 20-year-old Foden, who regarded an actual hazard in the direction of the tip of the competition.
“Phil was good in his aggression within the final half-hour, he was our menace,” Guardiola stated.
“Second half, he performed rather well, and one in opposition to one arriving within the ultimate third, he had two, three probabilities to attain and eventually did.”
Metropolis tackle Leeds United within the Premier League on Saturday.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Peter Rutherford)