After Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw, Pep Guardiola believes his Manchester City team can beat Real Madrid in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final.
Guardiola saw Vinicius Jr and Kevin De Bruyne trade long-range goals in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, leaving the game in the balance ahead of next Wednesday’s battle at the Etihad Stadium.
The game also saw Real’s defence neutralise the threat of City’s top scorer, Erling Haaland, with De Bruyne coming to the party for the Premier League side.
“I’d have liked to win but I had the feeling that I was not expecting to have a wide result,” Guardiola told City’s official website. “We expect to adjust a bit in the second leg. I have a bit of an idea on what we need to do.
“It will be a final playing at home with our people and we look forward to it. We know exactly what [Real] have done. Maybe they will adjust something, maybe not.
“We have to see if we can defend a little bit better in some departments and attack because [David] Alaba and [Antonio] Rudiger were so close to Erling. The spaces were occupied by [Federico] Valverde and [Toni] Kroos, it was not easy to find spaces for Erling.
“But we will try to adjust something maybe in the second leg to be more fluid and play with a bit more rhythm because we play at home and at home we feel comfortable with our people. We are going to try.”
City had chances in the first half o punish the La Liga side in the opening half but failed to make it count before Vinicius opened the scoring.