Guardiola urges Man City to draw on Newport win at Schalke

Guardiola urges Man City to draw on Newport win at Schalke

Guardiola urges Man City to draw on Newport win at Schalke

Those emotions are prevalent after City were knocked out at this stage, the last 16, in his first "failed" campaign before the quarter-final capitulation at Liverpool a year ago. On Sunday, City faces Chelsea in the League Cup final.

De Bruyne is optimistic City can eclipse their success of a year ago and win a treble of trophies by the end of the campaign, despite manager Pep Guardiola's refusal to adapt his system. "We need to have our best day". We just added one player, the rest is the same team.

"On Sunday we can win the competition but you cannot say at the beginning we are going to win four".

"When I look at the standard of our performances, I think it's the same as previous year", said De Bruyne.

"I don't think there's a lot of difference between how we did last season and this - the standard we are setting is still very high, but in the end it's all in the titles".

Schalke have failed to win in their last four league games, leaving them 14th in the Bundesliga table, and they are having difficulty scoring goals. "I think the team standards are the most important and anything personal is a bonus".

"The record we have until now... hopefully we can make it better".

Champions League heavyweight contender Manchester City kicks off its knockout stage play on Wednesday when it travels to Germany to face US men's national team rising star Weston McKennie and Schalke.

"The goals are to win every game".

"We are happy with where we are, we want to progress to the quarter-finals [in the Champions League] and be closer to winning it".

11-time Premier League champions Manchester United have reportedly renewed their interest in highly rated Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves. "If you want to go through, you have to be yourself every minute and after we will see".

In his three seasons as Bayern Munich coach, Guardiola never lost to Schalke with four wins and two draws from six meetings, but the Spaniard is choosing to ignore the hosts' poor recent league form.

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