Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has said that his side are “teenagers” in the Champions League.
Guardiola stated this ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League second-leg round of 16 clash with Schalke 04 on Tuesday night at Etihad.
Guardiola’s side head to the game following a 3-2 victory over Schalke 04 in the first-leg encounter last month.
“We could make another step in the Champions League this season, but you need 20, 30 years… we cannot deny, if we arrive in last stages of this competition, we make another step forward, but I think to compare with other teams, one success doesn’t change it,” Guardiola was quoted by Man City’s official website as saying on Monday.
“We are teenagers in this competition. That’s how I feel. We push ourselves. Will not be happy if we don’t go through. We want it.
“The best way is to feel this kind of pressure. You have to dream, to point as high as possible.
“At the same time, accept there are other teams thinking the same. We cannot deny how strong they are.
“We want to compete. We have to have the desire to compete and face them.”
Guardiola added: “We’ve had good results away in the Champions League. Here in the past, there are problems but, in this competition, every game is different. It is something special.
“One week ago, we didn’t expect what would happen at Paris St Germain or Real Madrid. Every game is different.
“We must play the perfect game and do what we need to do to go through. We still have a job to do.”