Manchester Metropolis manager Pep Guardiola mentioned on Friday he changed into not taking a sight ahead to a seemingly Champions League quarter-final tie in opposition to Juventus because any lack of point of interest would possibly stop in elimination by Staunch Madrid in the closing 16.
Madrid, not Juventus, on Guardiola’s radar
Metropolis lead Staunch 2-1 heading into the return leg at the Etihad Stadium on 7 August and would face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juve in the quarter-finals if each teams contain been to development. The Italians are 1-0 down versus Olympique Lyonnais from the principle leg in France.
‘On this organisation there isn’t such a thing as a one who’s conscious of Staunch better than me. They are the dominant group in the Champions League and we now contain to point of interest on them,’ Guardiola told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash in opposition to Brighton & Hove Albion.
‘We take into memoir Staunch. If we take into memoir the next step after we are taking half in in opposition to the king of this competition, they’ll set up us out.’
Guardiola confirmed Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, who had knee surgical treatment in Barcelona closing month, would be unavailable for the fixture in opposition to the 13-time European champions. The club’s file goalscorer limped off with a knee injury in closing month’s 5-0 Premier League house seize over Burnley.
Metropolis’s enchantment in opposition to a two-year suspension from European soccer changed into heard closing month at the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) and Guardiola changed into assured the UEFA ban would possibly be overturned when the resolution is launched on Monday.
‘The scheme every season is to play in the Champions League and assemble most certainly the greatest conceivable. It will not be about what’s going to happen on Monday,’ he mentioned. ‘I’m assured because I saw the arguments of the club that subsequent season we would be there however we now contain to wait and after I give my figuring out or the club will give their assertion.’
A seize at Brighton would verify Metropolis’s berth in the stop four and snap a shuffle of three straight league defeats on the road, the worst away shuffle in Guardiola’s managerial career.