In the biggest match of Manchester City’s (and Liverpool’s) season, Pep Guardiola is looking for a “perfect game“ from his men to overcome a 3-0 deficit and advance to the UEFA Champions League semifinals. City are coming off back-to-back tough defeats, first 3-0 to Liverpool at Anfield, and then a three-goal comeback from Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola remained confident in his side when he spoke to the press on Monday, saying his team is still “extraordinary.”
“To go through you have to make the perfect game, create chances and concede few chances. The chances we receive, we have to defend well.”
”We have 90 minutes plus extra time and what we have shown this year - even in the last game - is we can create a lot of chances in the last few minutes.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told Eurosport that, although his focus is on the LA Galaxy and his deal there, he will not rule out a return to Europe after his Galaxy deal ends. He also hinted that he may change his mind about retirement for the Swedish National Team, with the World Cup coming up in the summer. The issue there, along with whether he is called up to said National Team by the manager, is that FIFA outlaws endorsements from betting firms, and he has been involved with one in Sweden. His response to that was peak Zlatan:
“FIFA can’t stop me,” Ibrahimovic said. “If I want to be there, I’ll be there. It’s the same with the national team. If I want to play, I’ll play. It’s not up to FIFA. It’s up to me and what I want.”
Fernando Torres plans to leave Atletico Madrid in the summer to make room for others in the squad and to seek more game time elsewhere. The 34-year-old has only started three games in La Liga this season, and is in a crowded spot in Atleti’s lineup alongside Kevin Gameiro, Antoine Greizmann, and Diego Costa.
“It’s difficult to say goodbye for a second time because I wanted to retire here but things don’t always go as you want,” Torres said. “I feel physically and mentally able to keep playing. I am in good shape and I will look elsewhere for games.”
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