Guardiola: City should forget history when they face Real Madrid

Manchester v England: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has invited his team, who will face Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, to put aside continental history and use their collective strength to win the clash . Real Madrid has won the title of the highest competition for 13 times club of Europe, a record while City continues to look for its first title in Champions League after losing in final against Chelsea last year. Asked about the differences between the two teams’ results in the competition, the former Barcelona manager said: “If we entered in a competition with the history of Real Madrid, we would have no chance. Their story speaks for itself. “We have the desire to compete with them. For us, playing against them is an incredible test and we want to try. (We will suffer) (But) we will be together. We will try to give our best “. Guardiola also downplayed the importance of the role he and coach Carlo Ancelotti play in matches, saying that in Champions teams win games thanks to the decisions made by the players in field. “The story is there, we can’t change it, but every game is decided by 11 players against 11 opponents. The players are the ones who make the decisions on the pitch.” She sets the game plan, but in the end it is decided by 11 players against 11 players. The quality (of the players) and their strength is what makes the difference. The players are the ones who decide the results of the matches. Neither Carlo nor I can decide that. ” However, some historical aspects play in the City’s favor. Two years ago, Guardiola’s team eliminated the current leader of the Spanish league in the round of 16 after winning the two games 2-1. City could face Madrid without right-back Kyle Walker and center-back John Stones due to injury. Walker suffers from an ankle injury sustained against Atletico Madrid in the previous round and Stones is facing a hamstring problem he picked up in the midweek win over Brighton. “There are doubts about their participation,” said Guardiola. Kyle has not trained in the last 10 days and John has not trained since the Brighton game . We will make a decision tomorrow. “Liverpool will face Villarreal in the other semi-final on Wednesday at Anfield. (Reuters)