Manchester Metropolis’s 2-1 comeback win at Paris St Germain on Wednesday was right down to the crew ultimately displaying its character after a timid first half, coach Pep Guardiola mentioned.
The visiting facet fell behind in its Champions League semifinal first leg after quarter-hour when Marquinhos headed house from Angel Di Maria’s nook.
PSG appeared sharp and centered, however misplaced management of the sport to a remodeled Metropolis facet after the break, with Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez scoring second-half objectives to earn Metropolis their 18th consecutive away win in all competitions.
With Neymar and Kylian Mbappe threatening to punish them on the counter, nonetheless, Metropolis took a cautious strategy within the first half, and Guardiola mentioned he didn’t blame them for it.
“They seem to be a crew who’re capable of do no matter they need as a result of they’ve the standard, in order that’s why you play a bit cautious. You can not win the qualification within the first leg, however you may lose it within the first leg,” he advised a information convention.
“I advised them ‘I perceive you guys, I used to be a participant myself. When you lose you lose however you must attempt to play our sport. What’s our identification as a crew with out the ball and with the ball’?”
The Metropolis gamers confirmed they acquired the message as they performed with extra intent after the interval.
“We have been extra aggressive in our sport. Within the first 45 minutes we performed to not lose the ball however with no intention to interrupt the traces,” Guardiola defined.
“The second half was higher in each means, our soccer was higher.”
Regardless of the benefit it carries into the second leg, Guardiola is properly conscious that Metropolis will have to be on the high of its sport once more subsequent Tuesday.
“We all know that something can occur within the second leg,” Guardiola mentioned.
De Bruyne mentioned there can be moments within the second leg when Metropolis would endure. “We all know how good they’re you must set your thoughts on the actual fact you are going to work laborious for the crew and that is gonna occur within the second sport additionally,” he mentioned.