Guardiola hoping to see Etihad full for second leg with Tottenham
PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 April 2019
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Manchester City will aim to come back from a 1-0 defeat at Spurs to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is expecting the atmosphere inside the Etihad on Wednesday to play a part in helping them overturn a one-goal deficit to Spurs in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Heung-min Son scored the only goal last Tuesday during the first leg tie at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium which was played out in front of a hostile home crowd.
A huge amount of noise was generated by the Lilywhites supporters throughout and Mauricio Pochettino talked up the effort of the fans afterwards.
With City now in front of their own people, Guardiola is looking for them to have an impact and guide the Premier League champions into the last four of the competition.
Speaking after the 1-0 defeat, he said: “I didn't expect arriving in the quarter-finals or semi-final first leg to win 3-0.
“That is the reality and it happened to many, many teams with many, many situations, but we have another option and another chance and that is the point.
“Of course they know when we arrive in this situation we have to be a bit more precise and try to score.
“We have time, we have two days to prepare for the game. We didn't have any single day to prepare for this game, just talking, but not on the pitch because we played two or three days (earlier against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup).
“Tottenham had six days and maybe next time we have more and after we review the game we see what we can do to attack more or defend better and create more chances with our people.
“Hopefully they can support us every single minute and hopefully with the Etihad full with spectators, they can support us.
“Even with a better result, the second leg would be tough, but we know what we have to do – we have to score goals and play as best as possible and we are going to try.”
Guardiola had Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane on the bench last week, but both are expected to start on Wednesday.
In contrast, Spurs will be without Harry Kane after he suffered a serious ankle injury and Dele Alli remains a doubt with a broken hand.
Harry Winks is another Tottenham player who could miss out, but City have concerns over Fernandinho, who didn't feature in the 3-1 win at Crystal Palace last weekend.
“This is a big club, we don't forget that,” Guardiola added: “Maybe they change their set-up and play five at the back, so we will see.
“They have alternatives and (Fernando) Llorente is always dangerous in the long balls. We will see what they do and think about what we have to do to beat them.”