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Guardiola says City will reach the UCL Semifinals

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on before the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on April 14, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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According to the Manchester City manager, his team will be able to overcome the 1-0 disadvantage against Tottenham Hotspur.

A single goal by Son Heung-min was enough for Tottenham Hotspur to beat Manchester City in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals last week.

And on Wednesday, both teams are set to play the second leg of the series, with the prize being a ticket to the Semifinals.

“The only [reason to] panic is that you will be out of the competition. I’m pretty sure we’re going to be in the next Champions League,” the Citizens’ manager Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports.

“We’ll be sad one day, two days [if we lose the quarter-final], then after we play for the Premier League and the chance to be champion. We play the final of the FA Cup, and next season we’ll be there again; that is for sure.”

“If you ask me what is going to happen, we’ll be in the semi-finals; that is what I feel right now,” he said.

“It’s what I felt right after the game and when I reviewed the game. Maybe I’m wrong but what I feel now, we’ll be in the semi-finals.”

“Football is a never-ending process; sometimes you step forwards, sometimes you step back,” he tried to explain.

“Of course that competition [the Champions League] is more difficult, but the way we approached it, especially in that game, was good.”

“We started not good against Lyon [lost 2-1 at home] and at the end, we qualified,” he continued.

“I didn’t expect to solve the problem in London. The result is not ideal but it’s not a disaster. We are able to score goals and we are going to do it.”