"He trained, he'll travel, and we decide tomorrow..." – Guardiola pre Real Madrid Press Conference
Pep Guardiola faced the media ahead of Manchester City's Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid, with the Blues carrying a slender 4-3 advantage from the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola discussed Kyle Walker's fitness after the England right-back was pictured in training with the rest of his teammates this morning while also providing the latest on John Stones. The Catalan looked ahead to the clash and discussed Carlo Ancelotti.
Pep on Kyle Walker:
"He trained, he'll travel and we decide tomorrow. Happy he's back, he tries to be in contention tomorrow. Joao is not out, he's doing good. Kyle, we'll see how he wakes up and we'll see."
Pep on his team changes against Leeds:
"We play for the Premier League. We play every three days, I don't rest players. I decide on this selection."
Pep on John Stones:
"No [he will not be available], he's injured."
Pep on Luka Modric saying that if Real Madrid play at their best, they'll advance:
"Everyone thinks if they play at their best they will beat their opponent, it's normal."
Pep on the type of game he's expecting:
"In these games, there are moments of more control, more transitions. The whole 90 minutes won't be the same."
Pep on why he wouldn't just pick the same eleven as last week:
"I don't know what's going to happen. The selection is to try to win the game. There are moments you train really bad before the game and do exceptional performance or train really well and the guys do bad."
Pep on improving with experience:
"Experience, the question is what to learn from the experience. You could make the same mistakes. It's completely different, it's difficult to compare to last season. How will the guys wake up tomorrow, what will be their moods? The fact we've been there quite often in the last years, we've been here and done well and know how to handle the situation. But it's not a guarantee to play good. They know we have to perform well and our best to reach the final."
Pep on if he has spoken to Xavi, who managed a 4-0 Barcelona win over Madrid recently:
"No. We have a good relationship, but he has players I don't have and I have players he doesn't have."
Pep on Carlo Ancelotti:
"Congratulations to him for winning the Spanish league, I did it [congratulate him] last week [in person]. I admire him, he's been all over the world, in big football countries and fantastic teams. Always incredibly tough, the football is really good. Part of that is he's an exceptional person. I met him years ago and every time with him he's calm, control his emotions perfectly."
Pep on if the team will have to play better than last week to win:
"Probably, we have to be better but we can play much worse than we played and we can win. We cannot deny my assessment is right. Nobody knows. Sometimes you get what you don't deserve, sometimes you don't get what you deserve. We have to perform incredibly well and win the game."
Pep on competing at the Bernabeu:
"A massive test, we're lucky to go there. It means we're both in the semi-finals. Hopefully, we can give the best version of ourselves to reach the final."
Pep answering Spanish questions:
Pep on if Barcelona's 4-0 win over Madrid helps:
"I've only seen highlights, I didn't see the full game in detail. I know Carlo did something he didn't normally do tactically. I can't take anything from that to help us in this game."
Pep on whether it's good to play Madrid after they won the league:
"The league is completely different from the Champions League. We're talking about the Champions League."
Pep on if Madrid were happier after the first leg:
"It was a lovely open game, the fact the teams scored seven goals between them. We were happy, we could have maybe got a better result but also a lot worse. You look at it, recover the next day, and analyse it in the cold light of day. For better or worse we always knew this would be over two games. The Etihad and the Bernabeu. To knock Madrid out you have to perform well over two games."
Written by: @NA1907_
Certain quotes as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
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