Guardiola: ‘We don’t need extra motivation to play against Real Madrid’

Pep Guardiola feels he does not need to motivate his squad to face Real Madrid in the Champions League. City have lost the Premier League crown to Liverpool this season, while they also failed to defend their FA Cup title. In recent weeks it has been suggested that Guardiola’s team have lost their motivation, but Guardiola says that is not the case.

“What I want is to do a good game,” Guardiola said. “It’s absolutely a final. For us, for Madrid, it’s a final. The plan will be to avoid making mistakes and to play a football game like we [can]. I think what happened in the past is not going to make you play better. What happened in the past is the past. Sometimes it is what it is. Accept it.”

“It’s life. It’s not perfect, it doesn’t work perfect for all of us, in our private lives, in our professional lives either. The motivation is to go through, to prove to ourselves we can do a good game and beat Real Madrid. That is the only thing you are able to do.

“What happened in the past will not give you an advantage or something special for the future, for the game against Real Madrid. It’s only if we play a good game in all departments, with all the issues we have to work on in these two weeks, that is going to give the opportunity to win the game and go through.”