Guardiola ready to play weakened team against Man Utd

Guardiola ready to play weakened team against Man Utd

If we are able [we make the] semi-finals, if we are not able [we say] well done Liverpool and next season we come back stronger to overcome the situation we can not this season.

City travel to Anfield on Wednesday night for the first leg of their all-English quarter-final tie against Liverpool.

The game saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain open the scoring for the Reds, before Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah netted for Liverpool in the second half.

And, as though to counter him, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is voicing his concerns about trying to shut down Liverpool's attack and survive the heavy press he knows will be coming for his side when they visit Anfield.

The former Barcelona coach also revealed that he hopes his team do not become too affected by what is sure to be an wonderful atmosphere at Anfield when the two sides face each other on Wednesday.

'Liverpool are still the only team who have been capable of beating us in the Premier League.

They began the game in rampant form, with their quick passing and intricate movement bamboozling Sam Allardyce's Everton side.

"We often have to look to the continent for these sort of clashes in the Champions League but we have got one of our own right here".

"I think it's really not... it is about tactics but there will be fire in the game, so that's cool".

City boss Guardiola said: "Not just him (Salah) - Mane and Firmino, all three, they are nearly unstoppable". Do we know we have a chance?

The Belgian playmaker said: "If they score you know it is going to get a bit more heated than if we score".

Liverpool cemented their third-place position in the table with a 2-1 triumph at Crystal Palace, while Manchester City eased to a 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.

"We see our chance but we know it will be unbelievably hard". We have one game to win.

Van Dijk will be eager to have a crack at City after missing out on the league win over the Manchester club at the start of the year. "And that's why you feel in so much control I guess, when you see it on their faces".