Pep Guardiola admits he wants his former club Bayern Munich to knock Liverpool out of the Champions League and join Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Premier League champions City put seven goals past Schalke at the Etihad on Tuesday evening to wrap up a 10-2 aggregate victory in the last-16 clash.
City’s dominant win means there will be at least three English teams in the quarter-finals of a Champions League campaign for the first time since 2011. Liverpool can make that four on Wednesday when they travel to Germany to face Bayern Munich. The first leg ended goalless.
But Guardiola hopes Jurgen Klopp’s side suffer an early exit at the hands of one of his former clubs. I’m sorry for the English people but I want Bayern to go through,’ Guardiola said. I am part of this club. I love Munich. I love Bayern. I have a lot of friends there.
They gave me the opportunity to be their manager for three years. I would like Bayern to go through but it will not be easy. It’s such a demanding game for both. I like Bayern and hopefully they can go through.’
Man City’s 10-2 aggregate win over Schalke was the biggest-ever by an English side in the knockout stages of the Champions League. On his team’s performance, Guardiola said: We had a lot of absences today, a lot of central defenders injured. We just had Danilo, who was incredible.
I would have liked us to show who we were are in the first 20 minutes but I understand the situation sometimes, you cannot expect to play like we were four or five ahead.
We started the first 20-25 minutes trying not to lose what we achieved in Germany, that’s why we didn’t attack, and Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling had no intention of being aggressive towards their full-backs.
But we didn’t lose what we achieved and when we scored the first and the second goals qualification was almost done. After that we played in a good level. We didn’t concede chances, even in the last 15 minutes of the first half, and in the second half we were good in the transition and scored seven goals.
The Manchester City manager added: I know that Schalke are in a tough period because they lost the last game and their confidence was low, but even with that situation you have to do your job and we did it.