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Manchester City showed true identity in second half against PSG, says Pep Guardiola

Manchester City's 2-1 comeback win at Paris St Germain on Wednesday was down to the team eventually showing their personality after a timid first half, coach Pep Guardiola said.

2021-04-29 07:20:00 AM

.ManCity's 2-1 comeback win at PSG_English was down to the team eventually showing their personality after a timid first half, coach Pep Guardiola said IOLsport UCL ChampionsLeague

Manchester City's 2-1 comeback win at Paris St Germain on Wednesday was down to the team eventually showing their personality after a timid first half, coach Pep Guardiola said.

ALSO READ: PSG's star quality gives Pep Guardiola sleepless nightsPSG looked sharp and focused, but lost control of the game to a transformed City side after the break, with Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez scoring second-half goals to earn City their 18th consecutive away win in all competitions.

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With Neymar and Kylian Mbappe threatening to punish them on the counter, however, City took a cautious approach in the first half, and Guardiola said he did not blame them for it."They're a team who are able to do whatever they want because they have the quality, so that's why you play a bit cautious. You cannot win the qualification in the first leg, but you can lose it in the first leg," he told a news conference.

"I told them 'I understand you guys, I was a player myself. If you lose you lose but you have to try to play our game. What is our identity as a team without the ball and with the ball'?"ALSO READ: Riyad Mahrez's 'unlikely' journey from Paris suburbs to Champions League semi against PSG headtopics.com

The City players showed they got the message as they played with more intent after the interval."We were more aggressive in our game. In the first 45 minutes we played not to lose the ball but with no intention to break the lines," Guardiola explained.

"The second half was better in every way, our football was better."Despite the advantage they carry into the second leg, Guardiola is well aware that City will need to be at the top of their game again next Tuesday.ALSO READ: WATCH: Pep Guardiola says Super League format goes against principle of sport

"We know that anything can happen in the second leg," Guardiola said.De Bruyne said there would be moments in the second leg when City would suffer. "We know how good they are you have to set your mind on the fact you're going to work hard for the team and that's gonna happen in the second game also," he said.

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