10 Apr Tottenham 1-0 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola affirms Kevin De Bruyne has been dropped for strategic reasons in Tottenham defeat
The director defended his choice to depart the midfielder from their very first XI from Spurs, insisting Manchester City played nicely
Pep Guardiola has verified he dropped Kevin De Bruyne in the Manchester City beginning line-up for Tuesday’s loss to Tottenham for strategic reasons.
De Bruyne simply came from the bench in the 89th moment at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and was not able to propel a late comeback since City fell to a 1-0 defeat in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
Guardiola picked Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho to encourage David Silva at midfield, but City didn’t manage a shot on goal following the 47th moment, meaning Son Heung-min’s 78th-minute attack proved crucial after Sergio Aguero missed a first-half punishment.
City supervisor Guardiola claims his side played nicely, however, having clarified he left out De Bruyne to produce the center of his negative more defensively sound.
“I chose to play two holding midfielders in that place to be a little more powerful,” he told a press conference. “I chose for another ones. I know it’s hard for him personally [De Bruyne].”
He said of this result:”We know what we need to do. I have the impression that the game was quite excellent. We commanded them and came with some superior circumstances.
“At the large contests, in a top level, you need to endure these scenarios. Now we’ve got another alternative, another opportunity and that’s the point.
“They had a couple of opportunities on that the counter-attack but we controlled the match and played very great.
PEP Except to get a couple opportunities at set pieces and a few counter-attacks, we controlled the match. We’re going to attempt at home, together with our lovers, together with our families.
The problem is exactly what it is. After we aren’t great I say so but I do not have that atmosphere.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 9, 2019
“If we’re unable to get there at the very last phases [of the tournament] it’s since it’s a challenge. The situation is exactly what it is.
“If we do not play great, I’m the man who says we did not play great, but I do not have that feeling”
Bernardo Silva was omitted, having picked up a difficulty in coaching, but Guardiola expects to get him back for next week’s second leg.
“At the summer there are harms, there are issues and that I expect Bernardo is going to be fit within another week,” he explained.
Guardiola has called on City lovers to produce the return in the Etihad Stadium a chilling prospect of Spurs, as he tries to maintain his side’s quadruple challenge on track.
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“We didn’t have one day to prepare instruction on the pitch; they had six days,” he explained.
“Hopefullyour people can encourage us each minute. Hopefully, the Etihad is complete
“We all know what we must do: score objectives, perform as best as you can. We will try.”