Pep Guardiola, Manchester City coach, said they have been waiting for this moment "many years" and that they know how much is at stake, although he assured that he is calmer than on other occasions.
The Spanish coach appeared at a press conference before taking on Paris Saint Germain in the semi-final leg of the Champions League with a 1-2 lead from the first leg.
“We are privileged to live this, to be here. For many of us it is the first time here and we will try to do a good job and win the match. I know what we're playing for. I don't have to remind anyone, everyone knows how important it is. We have been waiting for this moment for many years, ”Guardiola said.
He was also asked about the failure in the semifinals other years, especially with Bayern Munich, with whom he never reached the final.
“Each semifinal was different. In the first two we did not deserve to pass, in the third we were much closer. Now we come at a good time. We start with a small advantage. We will play to win the match. I know that tomorrow in bad times we will know how to react. We know what to do to get to the final ”.
Regarding PSG, Guardiola stressed that they have the same danger as in the first leg.
“They have the same danger as Chelsea, Madrid, Bayern, Barcelona… What we are going to try is to hurt them. We have to focus on what we want to do ourselves. The desire to finish is normal, because we have never been there ”.
“I am concerned about several things, but at the same time I am very optimistic. I am calmer than other times. The players have trained well, everyone wants to help. The return from a semi-final is the most difficult match, even more than a final, ”Guardiola pointed out.