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Pep Guardiola urges his players to ‘be more clinical’

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists that his players must do better, despite comfortably winning 2-0 in the Champions League last night.

Man City’s first leg performance against Borussia Monchengladbach puts them on the right track for the quarter-finals. However, Guardiola expects more if they are going challenge for their first European trophy since 1970.

The Man City boss stated: “In general we controlled the game. Unfortunately we were not clinical enough up front. That is something we have to improve in this competition.”

Manchester City’s Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva (front) celebrates with teammates scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League, last 16, 1st-leg football match Borussia Moenchengladbach v Manchester City at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on February 24, 2021. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP) (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

Even though goals from Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus were enough to gain an advantage over the German side, Guardiola commented that his side has be ‘perfect’:

“Up front we have to be more clinical. In this competition you have to be perfect to make sure you go through.

“We created a lot of chances, we arrived in final third, the process was good, but have to finish better. In this competition you have to improve.”

Past the frustration, Man City collected their 19th consecutive win in all competitions, only three wins behind Real Madrid’s record of 22.

Guardiola looking forward

Pep’s side have five Premier League games before the second league, with important games against West Ham United, as well as a hosting a Manchester derby.

They have the Hammers on Saturday in a crucial clash which could decide West Hams Champions League hopes.

Pep Guardiola acknowledges the threat that West Ham have, with all eyes on the weekend:

“We were thinking just win this game. Now enjoy the night with the best food as possible and think about West Ham in three days.

“The second leg is in three weeks. The next target is West Ham. That is my only concern.”

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