Pep Guardiola has called on Manchester City’s players to improve their ‘mentality’ in the Champions League, as the club look to reach the latter stages of this season’s tournament.
The Premier League champions are the bookmaker’s favourites to win a maiden Champions League title this season, though they will have to improve on a record that has seen them reach just one semi-final since their billionaire takeover over a decade ago.
City have failed to progress beyond the last eight in each of their past three European campaigns, losing at the quarter-final stage to Premier League opponents in both of the previous two seasons, and Guardiola has called on his side to improve their ‘mentality’ and game management as they look to finally conquer Europe.
“Two times in the Champions League we went out on away goals — in both games we conceded lots of goals,” Guardiola told his pre-match press conference ahead of the club’s group stage clash with Atlanta.
“Little margins are the difference in the Champions League. These situations are about the mentality.
“We are good enough, we believe that. But we’ve got to think — to know when things are dangerous.”
City fasce Atalanta on matchday 3 of the Champions League group stages on Tuesday.