The Manchester City vs Bayern Munich match in the Champions League quarter-finals left Pep Guardiola emotionally drained and ten years older, according to the City manager. The first leg of the last-eight tie at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday ended with City achieving a stunning 3-0 victory over the German champions.
The first half of the match saw an even contest, but Rodri’s spectacular strike in the 27th minute gave City the initiative to step up pressure in the second half, scoring two more goals from a powerful header by Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland’s 45th goal of the season. But Guardiola has warned his team not to take anything for granted in the second leg in Germany next week, where they need to play with “huge, huge personality.”
Despite Haaland’s role in the match, Guardiola pointed out that the Norwegian striker is not just a top scorer but also has the quality to assist. Meanwhile, Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel felt the scoreline was not a fair reflection of the game, stating that his team played with personality, courage, and a lot of quality but didn’t get the rewards they deserved.
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