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Pep Guardiola admits Man City will have to "suffer" against PSG

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City hold a 2-1 advantage heading into the Champions League semi-final second leg against Paris St Germain at the Etihad Stadium.
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Pep Guardiola expects Tuesday's clash with Paris St Germain to be Manchester City's toughest test in their quest to win the Champions League.

The City manager has had far more trouble negotiating semi-finals than finals in his glittering career.

The Spaniard won the competition twice with Barcelona but went out at the last-four stage three times in succession when in charge at Bayern Munich.

City hold an advantage after a memorable 2-1 win in the first leg (Julien Poupert/PA Wire)

The quarter-finals had been his limit in his first four seasons at the Etihad Stadium but he now stands on the brink of a return to the final after a fine display against PSG last week.

City produced a superb second-half fightback in the French capital to secure a 2-1 aggregate lead heading into the second leg of their semi-final.

Guardiola said: "In my experience the second leg of the semi-final is always the toughest game, more than the final. It's not just in this club, at all the clubs I have been at.

"In these games you are not going to play 90 minutes like we played the second half in Paris. I would love it, but that is not going to happen.

"You have to understand that this will be a big battle, there are moments to suffer.

"But I am pretty sure we are going to react well, do what we have to do and impose ourselves."

Guardiola has no intention of sitting back to protect his side's advantage or adopting any other approach from the one which has served them so well this season.

“Go out there and do what we've done this season.”
- Pep Guardiola

City go into the game high in confidence having not only won in Paris but also claimed the Carabao Cup and moved within three points of the Premier League title in the past week.

He said: "We arrive in a good moment. I said to the guys, 'Don't think much to win this game'. It's like we have done many times this season. It's the same message as the last six or seven months.

"We approach this game like any other game, (albeit one) that we start with a small advantage. We have to play to win the game.

"So go out there and do what we've done this season, which means in the bad moments stay calm.

"Are we going to play how we want to play? That is what is going to be important. How quick we play, that's what will be important.

"After that it belongs to the players, the desire to do something nice for us, something in their lives they will remember forever.

"They have to make a step forward and show they can win the game. They are going to do it. We are going to do it."

Kylian Mbappe has given PSG a fitness scare (Julien Poupert/PA Wire)

One of PSG's star players, striker Kylian Mbappe, is a fitness doubt but Guardiola is convinced he will feature.

He said: "He is going to play – and I am looking forward to him playing, for the football and the game."

City defender John Stones is approaching the game positively.

He said: "It is a big occasion for us as players and as a club, a chance to get into a Champions League final.

"We have got to go into it where we left off. We are really confident and excited for the challenge ahead."

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CManchester CityMan City36265576294783
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd362010670422870
3Leicester CityLeicester362061065442166
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5Liverpool36189963422163
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs361781163412259
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham361781156461059
8Everton35168114642456
9Arsenal361671350381255
10Leeds UnitedLeeds36165155753453
11Aston Villa36147155144749
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves36129153549-1445
13Crystal Palace36128164061-2144
14Southampton36127174763-1643
15Burnley36109173351-1839
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle36109174362-1939
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton36814143742-538
RFulham36512192650-2427
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom36511203370-3726
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3552281862-4417
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