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UCL Round Of 16: Guardiola’s ‘Teenagers’ Host ‘Frightened’ Shalke04

As Manchester City take a 3-2 away win advantage to tonight’s champions league second leg Round of 16 games at home to FC Shalke 04, manager Pep Guardiola has described his side as “teenagers in the competition”

The Cityzens had come from behind to win the first leg 3-2, with Raheem Sterling scoring in the last minute of normal time.

Guardiola, a two-time UCL winner with FC Barcelona, said ‘they have never won the Champions League but City are one of the favourites to claim this year’s title.

“We cannot deny how strong other teams are,” said Guardiola.

“You have to dream, to point as high as possible and at the same time accept there are other teams thinking the same.”

According to reports monitored on BBC Sports, Guardiola, who said City were “still not ready to fight for the latter stages” of the competition – believes qualification for the knockout stages constituted “incredible success”.

“All the clubs that are in the knockout stages want to win this title. It is difficult,” said Guardiola. “This competition is judged that when you are out of the last 16 it is a big disaster. My perspective is completely different.

“People say it is easy. Imagine getting into the last eight teams in Europe? Of course, we want to win it but the other teams also have this desire.

“People think that because Real Madrid are not there, this competition will be easy. Of course, I thought they were the favourites but there still remains incredible clubs to beat.”

Manchester City will be hosting at the Etihad a Shake04 team whose head coach Domenico Tedesco has the hammer dangling on his head should he lose his next two games by sporting director Jochen Schneider.

The German side have let in 11 goals in three heavy defeats to leave them just four points above the Bundesliga relegation places.

Last week, Manchester United produced a sensational comeback to knock out French champions Paris St-Germain – a day after holders Real Madrid were stunned by Ajax at the Bernabeu.

Roma, who were defeated in the semi-finals by Liverpool last season, were also knocked out by Porto courtesy of an extra-time penalty.

Team news
Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte could return from a hamstring injury but John Stones, who has had a groin problem, still needs to be assessed.

The hosts are already without suspended pair Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho.

Schalke playmaker Daniel Caligiuri has been sidelined for four weeks with a leg injury and will not travel.

Forward Mark Uth and midfielder Amine Harit have been left out of the squad again for disciplinary reasons but full-back Hamza Mendyl could play.

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