Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has joked that his players would “kill” him for a spot within the last Champions League team.
The Premier League champions face domestic rivals Chelsea in Porto on Could 29 with European membership football’s largest prize at stake, and the Spaniard has a wealth of talent to decide on the precise mixture of him.
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Guardiola he said: “They need it. They’re going to kill me to play, so I do know that and it is good. They need to really feel it and everybody can do it, that is all.
“It will be an extremely troublesome decision for me, however I’ve to research the opponent, the best method we have now to do it, and we’ll try.
“I do know it would not matter, the selection I will make, they are going to do the whole lot to try and win it. I do know that.
“However on the similar time, I’ve to see the way in which I need to play, the way in which I need to defend with the mentality of the players, the fellows who deal with the stress higher than the others and the that moment, try to be sincere with myself, with the team and try to make the best attainable alternative, figuring out we have now 5 – 6 substitutes within the final.
“Everybody must be ready as a result of within the final, many issues can change and many issues can occur.”
City celebrated their league title title in fashion with an exhilarating 4-3 victory in Newcastle on Friday evening the place Ferran Torres raided a hat-trick to determine out his declare for a spot within the matchday squad in Portugal.
They face Brighton on Tuesday evening earlier than a final-day home conflict with Everton, and Guardiola has insisted he has not but picked his team.
He said: “I’ve an concept. After all I do know precisely how they play, I’ve an concept how they attack, however I’ve two choices, so let’s examine.
“Nonetheless not clear and these three video games are going to inform me the players, the momentum and the possibilities they need to play.
“However I am fairly positive we have now to be ready to compete within the best attainable situation against Chelsea within the video games we have now to play earlier than this final.
“We won’t get there and say: ‘Ah, right this moment we’ll start enjoying’. It is too late. We should start competing and try to win the finals from now on, not on the day. If it does, it will likely be too late. ”
When requested how troublesome it might be to inform players they’d not be a part of the final, Guardiola was philosophical.
He said: “It is troublesome in a standard Premier League match – are you able to think about within the final of the Champions League? After all it is going to.
“Nevertheless it’s our enterprise, this job, I am sorry, so the players comply with the administration since you win. When you do not win, they leave you alone. ”