Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hailed his team’s second-half display in their Wednesday night win over Paris Saint Germain.
City was behind in the first half thanks to a header from Marquinhos header but the English side rallied back through Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez to put ourselves in a strong position ahead of Tuesday’s second leg at the Etihad.
“It looks easy but it’s not easy. I played when I was young and it’s not easy. PSG scored four goals in Camp Nou and three goals against Bayern Munich. They have the quality to do it.
“You play cautiously sometimes, but in a good sense. I was not complaining. I said at half-time, I understand why they were like this but try to play our game. Go out there and try to do it.
“They were fantastic. I admire them going from not playing well to playing well, it means a lot. Normally when you are not good, you lose 3-0 and it’s over. When you play knock-out stages, semi-final first leg, the players are thinking about not losing.
“You can’t win qualification in the first leg – but you can lose it. So, I understand the players. Sometimes you feel not comfortable. But we spoke at half time and adjusted a few little stupid things, not important things. (The turnaround) depended on the players,” Guardiola said after the game.