Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has stated his team can’t challenge for the Champions League trophy despite a spectacular comeback against Schalke 04
The Citizens have performed a miracle in the final five minutes of the encounter at the Veltins Arena to seal a 3-2 victory ahead of the return leg at the Etihad Stadium.
Although the hosts conceded the first goal, two penalties in a sequence of seven minutes have seen Domenico Tedesco’s men heading to the dressing room with a one-goal lead.
City’s job was even more challenging after Nicolas Otamendi received a red card in the 68th minute. However, Guardiola’s crew demonstrated why they stand as one of the leading candidates to lift the trophy.
Leroy Sane’s masterpiece from the free-kick was enough to level the score in the 85th minute, but Raheem Sterling helped his team to walk away with all three points four minutes before the final whistle.
"We are not ready to fight for the latter stages, that is the reality."— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 20, 2019
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Nonetheless, after the game, the former Bayern Munich chief of staff has pointed out that Manchester City are not ready to challenge for the title.
“It was a great result. We get the first penalty, the second penalty, and the red card. That is not good, and we’re not ready to challenge for the latter stages, but the result is not good.”
“We played good, but we lost some easy balls that we’re not allowed to do in the competition. I trust VAR – I’m a big fan. I have arguments but not this one.”
“It’s not over. We gave too much to the opponent to be in the game. The game was good, the second half we played with incredible personality. Like at Anfield when we lost 3-0.”
“The game was played good, in the end the quality was from Leroy (Sane) – the big players have the quality. The action from Raheem delivered too.”