Pep Guardiola accepts Man City need a “perfect game” to progress past Liverpool in the Champions League, but the manager insists it is only a matter of time before the club wins the biggest European prizes.
City trail 3-0 from and head into Tuesday’s second leg knowing if they concede just once they will have to score five times.
“To go through you have to make the perfect game, create chances and concede few chances. The chances we receive (against) we have to defend well,” he said.
“We have 90 minutes and anything can happen. All we are going to do is try.
“We will think about how many goals we score after we get the first one.”
Guardiola was asked whether his side’s mental state had been affected by their last two results.
“I don’t know but if we are not able to cope with that psychologically it will be a good lesson for the future. It is a test, football like life is a challenge,” he added.
“We have 90 minutes plus extra time and what we have shown this year – even in the last game – we can create a lot of chances in the last few minutes.”
Guardiola was asked whether the team could succeed in the Champions League considering the little history they have in the competition.
“We need titles in Europe, that is so complicated,” he said.
“What this club has done in the last 10 years in terms of creating amazing facilities with a lot of investment sooner or later it is going to happen.
“If it doesn’t happen this season maybe it will be next. Sooner or later it will happen.”