Pep Guardiola talks about Paris Saint-Germain duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar
Posted On April 27, 2021
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has spoken about the qualities of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar ahead of the first stage of the Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain.
Cityzens recently won the Carabao Cup for the fourth season in a row. Their focus now shifts to the Parc des Princes for the European meeting against Les Parisiens on Wednesday.
In the pre-match press conference, Guardiola was asked about the attacking threat from Neymar and Mbappe. He described the duo as incredible players, but added that his team will make an effort to stop them.
He told Mancity.com: “They are too good. They are incredible players – that’s why they’re there. We will try to stop them, defend well together as a team, play good football as a team and try to score goals.
“Of course we have to adjust some things. You have to face these players. But we have struggled to reach this stage. This group of players would not make sense not to be who we are.
“The more you are yourself, the greater the chance of getting through. If you think about your opponent, it’s harder. In these phases you will not find opponents who do not have good skills. ”
Cityzens have a tough challenge against the French champions, who will aim to track their prospects of reaching a maiden Champions League final.
Both Mbappe and Neymar have flourished in the competition this season, where they have eight and six goals respectively.
Cityzens have not had any significant goal scorers and it has been a combined effort. Ferran Torres is their top scorer with only four goals.
Les Parisiens were happy to sit back and counter Bayern Munich in the final round. It proved effective as they won on away goals (3-3 overall).
Guardiola’s side are defensively caught out with such a style of play and it remains to be seen if they can curb the threat from Neymar and Mbappe.
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