Manchester City have given me more power than ever, says Pep Guardiola

Manchester City have given me more power than ever, says Pep Guardiola

Manchester City have given me more power than ever, says Pep Guardiola

Monaco are flying in the league and in the Champions League, too.

It must have escaped his notice that he's spent the season playing at left-back because Alberto Moreno is the only other alternative.

"To get knocked out in the last 16 of the Champions League and still not be in a position where we have qualified for next season will be disappointing internally at the club as much as it will be with the fans".

Having dominated at Barcelona and Bayern Munich in less competitive leagues, Guardiola is facing the biggest test of his glittering career.

And Klopp appeared to agree with the Special One ahead of Liverpool's crunch clash with Manchester City on Sunday, by suggesting Pep Guardiola's expensively assembled team plays "real football".

Jurgen Klopp's side will be particularly wary of the pacy wide man, but will be confident after winning the previous meeting with Man City this season 1-0. Now is the first time I want to help the team so people say "Wow, Pep could do that again at a team in England and at Manchester City".

Not only must the Reds full-back deal with the attacking talent of an admittedly in-form Sterling but he must also find a way of making room for himself going forward and getting away from a winger who rarely overlooks his defensive duties. They have been superb in the attacking department and have already surpassed the 100-goal mark in all competitions. But he knows, and I know better than him, how it works when that result happens.

Pep Guardiola has received the backing of Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the chairman, despite Manchester City's Champions League elimination at Monaco in midweek and said he has never felt more powerful as a manager. They've got a fantastic record against the higher clubs, so they only need to concentrate that little bit more against the teams down at the bottom of the league. "Monaco couldn't do it for two halves but they did it the first half and looked good".

And Guardiola believes it will still take some time to make City one of the elite teams in Europe. There were a lot of goals, but it was a tight match and we were able to score the goals we needed away and be solid at home.

"The problem was the first half when we were not there".

'The problem in the first half was we didn't create against Monaco and that's what I'm most anxious about.

After their striker Sergio Aguero missed two good chances, Man City once saw the light at the end of the tunnel with Leroy Sane's 71st-minute goal, but this was denied just six minutes later, as Tiemoue Bakayoko headed Thomas Lemar's free kick into the net.

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