Pep Guardiola hits back at ‘overthinking’ accusations ahead of Atletico Madrid clash

Pep Guardiola responds to the accusations of

Pep Guardiola is often accused of overthinking tactics in Manchester City’s biggest games, an accusation specifically leveled at him when it comes to football knockouts.

Against Lyon in 2019/20, he opted for a three-pointer behind in an attempt to catch up with the French team, something his side were not comfortable with and ultimately put him out of the competition.

Another case occurs in the Champions League final against Chelsea. The Spaniard chose to field a team without Rodri or Fernandinho, who had been the mainstays of the team in all competitions until then. The Citizens lost 1-0, and the coveted Champions League trophy went to Stamford Bridge instead of the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola responds to the accusations of

Chelsea celebrate after beating Manchester City 1-0 in the 2021 Champions League final. (Photo by Alex Caparrós – UEFA Agency/Anadolu via Getty Images).

Now tied for the Champions League quarter-finals against Atletico Madrid, there are lingering doubts that he could opt for something similar. However, when journalists broached the subject on their pre-match press duties, Guardiola was quick to joke about the situation.

‘In the Champions League I always think too much. New tactic, tomorrow you will see a new one,’ he stated. I think a lot, that’s why I have very good results in the Champions League. It would be boring if he always played the same way. If people think that I play the same against Atlético and Liverpool, I don’t like it.

‘The moves are different, the players are all different with different personalities. That’s why I think too much and create stupid tactics. Tonight I get inspired and tomorrow I will do amazing tactics. We play with 12 tomorrow!

Atlético, a complicated perspective

With a reputation for playing ‘anti-football’ at an incredibly high level and experiencing success with it, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid will be a very different proposition to Manchester City, who sometimes make football seem like an art form. .

The Spanish side have already knocked out Manchester United at the round of 16 stage and are confident of a two-leg result, even against arguably the best team in Europe. And Guardiola has warned his team not to underestimate them, pointing to his pedigree as champions of Spain last season.

“They are champions of Spain, the league where in the last 20 years more teams have won the Champions League. That league is so difficult and they are champions.’

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