It’s Normal For Players To Feel Nervous – Pep Guardiola
Man City manager Pep Guardiola recognises that his team will need to handle nerves and tension to thrive in the Champions League final tonight — and admits it’ll feel “terrible” telling players that they’ll be out of the starting line-up.
City face Chelsea for European club football’s biggest prize in Porto. Guardiola, who twice guided Barcelona to success in the competition, knows well the challenge facing his players.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Guardiola said: “I know exactly the way we want to play, with who we’re going to play and I’m not going to bother them much.
“It’s an incredible experience to be here. I know exactly what I’m going to tell them. The guys who are anxious and nervous, I will tell them that’s normal.
“Some players will go out there with tension, some may struggle, but they have to handle this.
“I’m pretty sure we have to suffer to win the final. It’s nice to say enjoy it but sometimes it’s not possible. You have to be resilient and adjust. We will try to be ourselves and do what we can.”
Guardiola feels his team will need to make the most of any good spells they have in the game. He said: “We suffered against PSG and Dortmund but we stuck together.
“We will not have 90 minutes of one side dominating. We are going to suffer but when we get momentum we will have to use it.”
Guardiola admits it will be difficult to tell those players who will not make his starting line-up they are not playing.
“It’s terrible. It’s absolutely [a] disaster,” he said. “I advise you, don’t be a manager in your life.
“I don’t have any nice words to feel relief about the guys who won’t play, but my advice is to stick with the team. There are five or six substitutions and everybody has a chance.”
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