He will be quite happy to celebrate his 100th game in UEFA competition with another goal glut – as long as City end up outscoring Monaco.
Guardiola believes trying to defend their 5-3 lead from the first leg thriller at the Etihad three weeks ago would be suicidal against the highest scoring team in any of Europe’s top five league.
So he has ordered his players to treat the second leg of their last 16 tie in the Stade Louis II as if they were starting at 0-0.
“When one team scores 124 goals, it means they can score in many, many, many ways, so the best way to combat that is to score goals,” said Guardiola.
“Take the ball and attack as much as possible is the only way I know to beat this type of team.
“If one team has scored 124 goals like Monaco and you are thinking about only defending for 90 minutes because we won the first leg 5-3, you kill yourself.
“Maybe it will happen because we won’t be able to attack or won’t be able to control their fantastic attack. That can happen but the idea is to try our way to play.
“It will be a huge mistake for our side to think about what we’ve done [in the first leg] and forget what we have to do.
“They know us better, we know them better and my impression about them is the same, they’re a top, top team, the best team in the world at scoring goals.
“They attack not with four or five but six guys, they are physically strong, they are fast over short and long distances.
“I was really impressed with them before the first leg and I was even more impressed after we had played them. Now we have to produce a huge performance to be in the next round.
“We start the game not with 0-0 but 5-3, so we know if we lost 2-0, 3-1, 4-2 we’re out and we have spoken about that. I want to see a team from the first minute that wants to win the game.
“At this level, everyone can beat you and you can beat them but I want to see my team go out with the feeling that it wants to win the game.
“If our opponents are much better than us, they are much better than us, but I don’t want us to lose because we are too reserved. So you have to go to score goals and that is what I want to see from my team tomorrow.”
Most observers believe City cannot win the Champions League by being so cavalier but Guardiola, who has won the competition twice and never failed to reach the semi-finals in seven seasons in the competition, begs to differ.
“Can we win the Champions League in that way? Yes, sure,” he added. “I could not guarantee to anyone, even when we won the Champions League with Barcelona, or arrived in the semi-finals with Bayern Munich.
“But what I can say if it happens, it will happen this way because it is the only way I know,
“This season in the Champions League and Premier League we were able to compete against the big teams in a good way.
“I honestly don’t know if we are able to win the Champions League but be sure, we are going to try and win this season, absolutely.”
Source : dailystar