Guardiola not certain of City reaction
Pep Guardiola admits he does not know how his Manchester City players will react when they take on Tottenham on Saturday.
Guardiola hopes his team can use their Champions League exit to motivate them in the remainder of the season but he admits he does not yet know how the players will react.
‘Before the game you don’t know how you will play,’ he said.
‘You never know how you’ll react.
‘But we were out (of the Champions League) other times and we reacted well.
Tomorrow I want to see the same from my players – even (when) hurt, in tough moments, that’s why we are professional.
‘That is why we live an incredible life in this incredible club.
We have to do it again.
‘ Guardiola has dismissed criticism over his approach in the two legs against Spurs, which ended with Spurs going through on away goals despite a 4-3 loss in Wednesday’s thriller.
Guardiola said: ‘We have to improve the defensive department in this stage of the competition and be more solid.
In general, we want to improve.
‘But people make mistakes, they play and make good actions or bad.
We have to accept it.
‘All season, not just these specific games, I’m proud.
I like to see them play like this, I prefer this way.
We’re not going to change.
‘No team creates the number of chances in Europe that we do.
That’s how I like to see my team.
I will defend them until the last day but unfortunately we are not in the last stages.’