Pep Guardiola warns there is more to come from Manchester City after hitting seven past Schalke to reach Champions League quarter-finals
- Manchester City roared past Schalke with a 10-2 aggregate victory
- Pep Guardiola believes Leroy Sane and others have an extra gear to find
- Premier League leaders have now scored 61 goals since the turn of the year
Manchester City roared into the Champions League quarter-finals after slapping Schalke for seven.
Pep Guardiola warned City’s rivals that there is more to come from his side, suggesting the likes of Leroy Sane still have an extra gear to find.
That should act as a frightening prospect for those across Europe, with City now having scored 61 goals since New Year.
Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City can still find an extra gear this season
The Spaniard said there is more to come from City after 10-2 aggregate win over Schalke
‘When I said we are a teenage team in this competition, I didn’t say we are not going to fight,’ Guardiola said.
‘Teenagers have patience, desire, they are not scared. We are trying to achieve for the second time in our history a semi-final of the Champions League.
‘It is why when the people say you have to win, you have to win, when you are out in the quarter-finals, it is a disaster, it is not fair.
‘Real Madrid is out and Atletico Madrid is out and PSG is out and it is unfair, this competition, because it is incredibly tough.
‘There are incredible teams so when we are through the group stages, I am happy. It is so nice to be in the quarters for the third time in our history.’
Guardiola claimed that Leroy Sane was not aggressive enough in the first 20 minutes
Guardiola – who revealed he wants former club Bayern Munich to dump Liverpool out on Wednesday night – is demanding more from his players, particularly the wingers.
He also suggested City will face elimination in the next round if the Premier League champions struggle in the first leg as they did at Schalke last month.
‘Leroy was not aggressive enough in the first 20 minutes,’ Guardiola added. ‘I like when he runs and goes, lose the ball, doesn’t matter.
‘It is the same with Raheem Sterling. The first half in the last game was not good. The second was much better. Today was better. But they are young.
‘We cannot forget these games. We played 2-1 down with one man down, in normal circumstances you are out, you come here with 3-1 and 4-1. We survived this time.
‘Juventus, this guy Cristiano Ronaldo, goes there to win the Champions League with Juventus.
‘He has all the pressure on his shoulders, he scores three against Atletico and go through, that is the type of guy you face to achieve the next stages.
‘I want Bayern, sorry for the English people I am big fan of this club and I love Munich and all the people, I would like Bayern to go through but it will not be easy it is so demanding a game for both.’
Guardiola warned his players that they will have to improve on their first leg showing