Manchester City’s quest to win their first Champions League title will be tested when they tackle Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
The pressure is mounting on the runaway Premier League leaders to add continental glory to their growing trophy cabinet. But manager Pep Guardiola is not willing to get too far ahead of himself.
Guardiola’s side will carry a 2-1 lead into the clash in Germany. The English side will be wary of a 1-0 defeat which would see them crash out.
“If you think of the consequences or goals you have to score or concede, you forget what you have to do,” said Guardiola. “It doesn’t matter what happens in the first leg, you have a chance in the second.
“It will be better they don’t score and we win, but in the Champions League you always have a chance. We have weapons to score, they have weapons to score.
“Our idea is to go there do as best as possible and let them feel we are not going to defend what we got here. We want to impose our game to win the game.”
The winners of this tie will face PSG, who lost to Bayern Munich 1-0 but progressed on the away goals rule.
City were humbled 2-1 by Leeds on the weekend which will likely see Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Ruben Dias and Ilkay Gundogan all return to the starting lineup.
The hosts are fifth in the Bundesliga and once more, the pre-game talk from their camp has been deflecting rumours.
Both Jaden Sancho and Erling Haaland have been tipped to leave with Wednesday night yet another chance for the pair to showcase their skills to the likes of City, Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
UPDATE: Jadon Sancho will miss the Champions League second leg tie due to injury.