Pep Guardiola has explained the simple formula to progress past Borussia Dortmund after Manchester City were drawn to face the German side in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Guardiola’s side are amongst the favourites to win the Champions League this season, despite a disappointing record in European competition since the Spaniard’s arrival at the Etihad.
City have failed to progress beyond the last eight in any of Guardiola’s four seasons in charge, whilst early exits to Monaco, Liverpool, Tottenham and Lyon have increased the scrutiny on the manager’s methods in continental competition.
City, however, have enjoyed an excellent season to date and remain in pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple, sitting 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League as they seek a third title in just four seasons.
The league leaders are also through to the Carabao Cup final and will face Spurs next month, whilst this weekend presents a trip to Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Guardiola has now discussed his side’s hopes in Europe following the Champions League’s quarter-final and semi-final draw, insisting there is no ‘secrets’ to success and backing his side to progress past Dortmund if they perform to expectations over two legs.
“In more than two weeks, we will face them.” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.
“I didn’t see much [of Dortmund] but in this international break we will have a chance. They are a really good team.
“Dortmund is tough but all of them would’ve been. We try to play a good first game and then a good second game.
“If we do good games, we will go through, if they do good games they will. There are no more secrets than that.”