Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is viewing the upcoming game against his former team Barcelona in the Champions League like a final.
City are in need of some points as they currently sits in in second place in Group C with four points, five points behind leaders Barcelona and one point ahead of third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach. Guardiola is looking for a win when Lionel Messi & Co. comes to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
“I have never thought that we can’t win a football match and I never will,” Guardiola said.
“It’s difficult and we know we need to play almost perfectly to win. If not, we will congratulate them and move on.
“Maybe we are going to change the way we press, our build up, control. I would like to play at a good level for 90 minutes.
“I’d like us to show courage and put everything into the game. Hopefully our quality can make the difference.
“For them it’s not a final, for us it is like a final.
“There are just three games left. We dropped points in Glasgow [at Celtic] and we have to recover those points.”
City suffered a 4-0 loss to Barcelona in their last meeting, but they did break a six-game winless streak by beating West Bromwich Albion 4-0 over the weekend.
“Winning the last game helped a lot but the Champions League is different,” Guardiola said.
“Tomorrow we have another chance against the best. We know them and they know us.
“I have been here three months, I was 20 years in Barcelona. I would like to do similar things but I need time.”