Pep Guardiola admits he’ll really feel nerves and strain forward of Manchester Metropolis’s journey to Liverpool on Sunday – and would stop if he didn’t.
The champions head to Anfield for the eagerly-anticipated Premier League conflict simply over per week after dealing with one other of their doubtless title rivals in Chelsea.
Metropolis supervisor Guardiola, who has gained eight main trophies in his 5 years on the helm, says he thrives on such encounters.
“All these type of emotions must be there – pleasure, nervousness, strain, feelings,” he mentioned.
“When you don’t have these emotions in vital video games, just like the earlier ones or for the largest ones, this enterprise just isn’t for you.
“Perhaps you don’t sleep higher the day earlier than, or sleep good when it’s over or not if the efficiency just isn’t good, however that is how you reside this life.
“I nonetheless have it earlier than the video games. When you don’t really feel that you’re not for the enterprise. It’s a must to really feel it.”
Metropolis have a poor report at Anfield with their 4-1 victory there final February being the membership’s first on the floor for 18 years.
Guardiola, nonetheless, feels many of the visits all through his tenure have been shut and is happy Metropolis are competing on a stage footing with a membership they, traditionally if not in latest occasions, have lived within the shadow of.
He mentioned: “The primary season we performed there we misplaced 1-0, the sport was not good. We didn’t play.
“The remaining we had been actually good, even shedding 3-0 within the Champions League. In lots of video games, we’ve proven unbelievable character going there.
“An away fixture at Anfield is all the time one of many hardest ones.
“Within the final two or three or 4 years, we had been there, on a regular basis. That’s the largest praise we are able to get as a membership. It’s the finest. We wish to proceed to be there.”
One factor Guardiola doesn’t need – or anticipate – is a repeat of the disgraceful scenes of April 2018 when Metropolis’s bus was attacked by Liverpool followers when arriving at Anfield for a Champions League tie.
“Hopefully, I want it’s by no means going to occur ever once more,” he mentioned.
Requested how unhealthy that have was, Guardiola mentioned at a press convention: “You can’t think about, however I’m fairly certain the Liverpool police and the Liverpool folks perceive the state of affairs just isn’t going to occur once more.”