‘You don’t have to be a genius to realise we have to be our best against Madrid’

Pep Guardiola knows Manchester City will need to take it up a level if they want to knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League. The Spanish boss witnessed how his side lost to Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal (2-0) and after the game he admitted his side will need to improve to match the levels of Madrid.

The Spanish giants wrapped up the La Liga title on Thursday and Zinedine Zidane’s side is currently on a ten game winning streak. Meanwhile, City have recent losses against Chelsea and Southampton in the Premier League and their 2-0 loss at Wembley to Arsenal. Guardiola is aware of Madrid’s form and he acknowledges Man City will have to perform better if they want to keep hold of their 2-1 lead over Madrid.

“We know the standards that we have to be on these kinds of stages, in these kind of competitions. Maybe we are learning, maybe not. We will see. The last game against Bournemouth was not good and today the first half was not good. We struggled to play at our level. It does not take a genius to realise we have to increase our standard against Madrid if we want to have any chance to go through.”