And after conserving one other clear sheet in Europe, with no aim conceded for the reason that opening recreation of the group stage towards Porto in October, greater than 11 hours of soccer, Guardiola has lauded the influence of his new partnership this time period.
“We simply conceded one aim towards Porto and that’s fairly spectacular,” Guardiola stated. “You’ll be able to’t deny that Ruben and John made an unbelievable step ahead for the staff this season.
“We defend with the ball. That’s a very powerful factor that when the opponent arrives we’re stable sufficient.”
Metropolis have suffered defeat within the quarter-finals of the Champions League to Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Lyon of their final three appearances and Guardiola admits there may be stress to lastly break by within the one competitors that has eluded the membership.
“For the reason that first yr I arrived they advised me that you must win the Champions League,” Guardiola stated. “It’s all the time on our shoulders however I’m not involved about that.
“In case you deserve it in soccer, you undergo. I’m not enthusiastic about attending to the semi-finals. I’m enthusiastic about taking part in a superb first leg (within the quarter-finals) after which a superb second leg.”
The Spaniard is now centered on the FA Cup quarter-final with Everton, having already moved 14 factors away from second-placed Manchester United within the Premier League.
“Everyone seems to be match – 20 gamers – however all the things can change instantly, in at some point,” Guardiola added.
“We play yet one more recreation, then worldwide break, and I don’t know the way we’ll react after it. Now we have Leicester, Champions League, Leeds, Champions League. I don’t know what is going to occur.
“That’s why one of the best factor we will do is overlook in regards to the quarter-finals and simply give attention to taking part in one of the simplest ways, attempt to win the video games. If we deserve it we’ll undergo and if we don’t we’ll be out.
“Now Everton. We’ll see what occurs within the subsequent recreation and when the quarter-finals are drawn. We’ll see. I’m joyful to be there for a fourth time and we’ll attempt to do a superb recreation.”