Pep Guardiola felt the brunt of the wait on Manchester City in their Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund affect them despite their 2-1 victory.
Guardiola never made it past the last eight of the Champions League with City and their quarter-final seemed like another frustrating night as Marco Reus equalized with six minutes to go, canceling Kevin De Bruyne’s opener in the first half .
However, Phil Foden scored a late winner to give City the advantage in the second leg in Germany next Wednesday. Their quest for an unprecedented quadruple life continued, although Guardiola felt his side hadn’t faced the pressure of being big favorites to win such a Champions League game.
“When you win 26 games in 27 and they don’t win the Bundesliga, the pressure is on our shoulders,” he said.
“Everything is guaranteed for us. Everyone believed we were going to win. We had an incredible commitment and willingness to get through it.
“Now we’re flying there at 2-1 – they’re still scoring, but we’ll adjust some things that we couldn’t do today.
“Calm down, in the best possible way, the game we played and see what we can do better.
“We will go there to win the game. I ask the players to win the game. We did it and now we are going to Dortmund not to defend.
“We will adjust our pressing, adjust our build and play 90 minutes to try to reach the semi-final.”
He added: “To play well in the areas we want we have to do a good preparation and it was not good today; Joao (Cancelo) and Rodri were not smart to receive the ball in positions for the others but it’s still difficult to do what we want to do because they have quality, but it’s a good result and we have another chance in a week.
“We’re going to adjust a few things to go there and try to win the game.
“[Foden] was a threat in the second half. He was a real threat, coming in in the final third. He had two, three chances and finally scored. “
Dortmund boss: We’re not done yet
Borussia Dortmund caretaker coach Edin Terzic has warned Guardiola his Champions League quarter-final game is far from over despite a 2-1 win for the hosts.
Guardiola praised Dortmund’s performance after the game but Terzic, whose side had tied the game 1-1 with six minutes to go before Foden’s last winner, said his side were ready for another cherry bite.
“Pep has had a few good words for me full time, but we’re not done yet. We’ll see each other in a week,” Terzic said.
“It’s half-time and the tie is still open.
“We will be ready to give everything to reverse the result and reach the next round. We have reduced their chances to a minimum and we ourselves posed a threat in the future. The game was tied, so we are disappointed with the result at the end. “
Guardiola’s side are back in action on Saturday for the early kick-off against Leeds (12:30 p.m.) ahead of the second leg next Wednesday in Dortmund. The Germans face Stuttgart on Saturday to improve their position in the Bundesliga.