Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City are on a steep learning curve as they bid to win the Champions League trophy for the first time in the club’s history.
Guardiola has failed to win a Champions League medal outside Barcelona having only managed to guide Bayern Munich to the semi-finals of the competition.
City were brushed aside 5-1 by Liverpool over two legs in the quarter-final stages last season.
The Premier League team face Schalke in Germany on Wednesday in the first leg of this campaign’s last-16 tie, with Guardiola confident they have learnt from past mistakes in the competition as they chase their dream of European glory.
“I believe after three seasons we do better things than the first season, just for the fact we are together for a lot of games and a lot of training sessions,” he told Sky.
“This competition is special and the teams are good. With the atmosphere in the stadiums, you have to control your emotions, suffer the bad moments.
“The right moments make the difference. We’re confident. We arrive with many dreams in our heads, to make it a good position for us before we bring it back to the Etihad – we feel strong and feel a lot of confidence there.
“We must play a good game and score goals, it is so important away to score a minimum of one goal.
PEP 💬 This competition is special. The teams are good. You have to control your emotions.
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— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 19, 2019
“You can’t go through in these competitions if you’re not yourself. Sooner or later you’ll be out, here, the quarters.
“If you want to dream of the latter stages you have to be yourself, incredible every minute. It’s a challenge.”
Guardiola’s men will be hoping to land their first piece of silverware when they play Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.