Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City will approach their Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach with the same ‘focus’ as every other game.
City resume their European campaign with the first leg of their last-16 encounter tomorrow evening, the fixture having been moved to Budapest’s Puskas Arena amid coronavirus travel restrictions.
Guardiola’s side head into the contest on the back of an 18-game winning run in all competitions and have opened up a 10-point advantage at the top of the Premier League, with the club’s attention now turning towards Europe and securing a positive result as they seek a first Champions League crown.
Guardiola admits he is not looking past tomorrow’s clash with the Bundesliga side and says his side will continue to focus on one fixture at a time, ahead of a testing run of games over the next few weeks that also includes meetings with high-flying West Ham, Wolves and a Manchester derby.
“It’s the same process, think about the Borussia game, then West Ham, then Wolves, then Manchester United. This is what we are going to do. One step at a time, one game at a time,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.
“It’s a football game tomorrow. We change a lot of competitions – Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Premier League and now Champions League.
“It’s a football game, 90 minutes. We will try and do a good game and get a good result, then we will think about West Ham.
“We have a desire to play good – not just in this competition, that desire was there for Arsenal, against Everton. That is what we have to do.
“After, if we deserve it, we will win and then play the second leg and if we are good enough we are through. No more expectations than that.
“We focus no more than for any other game.”