Pep Guardiola reveals he has been having sleepless nights fearing Neymar as Man City prepare for PSG in Champions League

PEP GUARDIOLA admits he will have sleepless nights if he thinks too much about Neymar.

And the Manchester City boss believes the best way to stop PSG is to fight fire with fire and attack in France on Wednesday night.

Pep is preparing to lead his team into only their second Champions League semi-final in their history.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have a strike force that is feared around the world with Kylian Mbappe, Angel di Maria as well as the Brazilian superstar Neymar.

But Guardiola said: “Always I believe that with the amount of quality that these players have, there are not defensive strategies to stop them.

“They are too good. I try to sleep well last night and I slept well when I was not thinking of them. That is the reality.

“We are going to try to stop them and the way we are going to do that is to defend well altogether as a team and play good football as a team and try to score goals.”

PSG have shown their quality by beating Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the competition this year.

And Guardiola believes the best plan is to go to France and impose their game right from the start.

He added: “The best balance is to have the ball. If you have the ball all the time the balance of the team is already there. It is the only way.


“We are going to concede counter-attacks, they have the quality with Mbappe, Neymar, Di Maria, Verratti, Paredes, the physicality and the personality they have.”

Pep says he has learned from the mistakes made in previous years when City slumped out to French sides Monaco and Lyon – as well as Tottenham and Liverpool.

He added: “The only way to minimise these kind of things is impose your game like we are built since five years ago. Lyon beat us with counter-attacks, two or three mistakes we were done.

“We will try to impose our game. I learn from my experience in this competition that as much as you are close, in the latter stages, to who you are the more chance you have to go through.”

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