The manager of English side Manchester City, Pep Guardiola is happy with his side’s triumph over Real Madrid but has warned his players to be ready for something different in the second leg of their encounter.
The Spanish manager surprised football followers with his starting eleven and tactics, asking Kevin De Bruyne to play as a false nine, leaving his top front man Sergio Aguero on the bench.
The tactics worked to perfection when his side overturned a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1 over thirteen time Champions League Champions Real Madrid. Nonetheless, the Man City manager believes the tie isn’t over yet as he believes Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will be scrutinizing his (Pep) tactics ahead of their clash at the Etihad Stadium.
“I’m happy for the victory of course but for the performance as well,” he said.
“We tried to play against this team in quite good personality. They started really well and for the first 10-15 minutes we could not take the ball. We were not able to make the sequences of 10-15 passes in a row. After this 15 minutes, we played really good.
“When we were playing better we concede a goal which we should not concede at this level but sometimes we do these kind of things. When Madrid were playing better we scored a goal and after that found our rhythm and we scored a second one.
“Today we’re happy but still it’s not over. If there’s one team in the world that can overcome everything is this club for its experience, its history, but hopefully for our people we can do a good performance and go through.
“I’m pretty sure Zidane and his people are going to look at what we have done and the second game will be different, we’ll have to be cautious and be alert to what he’s trying to do, adapt quick and try to go there to win the game.”
The two sides meet again on March 17 at the Etihad Stadium to determine who makes it to the quarter finals of the competition.