May 18, 2021

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Guardiola hopes Mbappe will be fit to take on Man City

Pep Guardiola has no plans to sit still as Manchester City seek to finish Paris St Germain and reach the Champions League final.

City carry a 2-1 advantage in the second leg of their semi-final at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

Guardiola said: “It is a privilege to be here. For most of us at this club, it’s the first time and we’re going to have a good game.

“What we have to do is win the game and then we’ll see what happens.”

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Guardiola has won the competition twice with Barcelona, ​​but it is the furthest he has achieved in five attempts with City.

The Spaniard has often been accused of overthinking in the past, but he insists his message to his players is straightforward.

He said: “We’re coming in at a good time and I said to the guys, ‘Don’t think too hard to win the game. It’s like we’ve done several times this season.

“It’s the same message from the last six or seven months. We approach this game like any other game. We start with a small advantage but we have to play to win the game. That’s all we’re going to do.

PSG have doubts about the fitness of one of their star players, Kylian Mbappe, but Guardiola expects him to be present, saying it is good for the game that the top players are in good shape .

He said: “He’s going to play – and I can’t wait for him to play, for football and the game itself.”

Defender John Stones is confident Man City can finish the job and reach the Champions League final for the first time in club history.

He said, “I think (we are) quietly confident, we have to be. It’s a great opportunity for us as players and as a club, a chance to qualify for a Champions League final.

“We have to go where we left off. We are really confident and excited about the challenge ahead.