City won't sit back and defend in Dortmund, says Guardiola

Sports | REUTERS 8 Apr 2021

Pep Guardiola knew their quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund would be no walk in the park, so he was pleased to come out of the first leg with a 2-1 advantage.

City went ahead in the first half through Kevin De Bruyne before Marco Reus scored an 84th-minute equalizer, but Phil Foden grabbed a last-minute winner to tip the balance in favor of the Premier League leaders.

Guardiola said his side had to deal with a huge burden of expectation thanks to their red-hot form coming into the match and Dortmund's struggles in the German Bundesliga."When you win 26 games in 27 and they are not winning the Bundesliga, the pressure is on our shoulders," he said. "Everybody believed we would win."

Guardiola said he would look to make some adjustments for the return leg but stressed they would not be going to Germany to sit back and defend. "I asked the players to win the game. We did it and now we go to Dortmund not to defend," he added. "We'll adjust our pressing, adjust our buildup and play 90 minutes to try and reach the semi-final."

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