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Sport De Bruyne explains Guardiola's half-time team-talk that inspired Man City's incredible second-half comeback against PSG

01:35  29 april  2021
01:35  29 april  2021 Source:   goal.com

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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola told his players to hold onto the ball more in the second half of their Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, says Kevin De Bruyne.

City came from behind to beat the French side in the first leg of their semi-final tie, with De Bruyne scoring in the second half to cancel out Marquinhos' early header. Riyad Mahrez then scored from a free-kick seven minutes later to seal the win for the visitors.

And De Bruyne says the turnaround was a result of his side's more patient approach after the break.

What did De Bruyne say?

Asked what instructions Guardiola gave his players at half-time, the Belgium international told BT Sport: "Just play a little bit more with the ball. The first half, we were a bit too rushed, trying to go forward too quickly and that's not the way we are set up as a team.

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"In the second half we tried to find space more patiently. They're a tough team to play against. The progression we made as a team was good."

How did De Bruyne score?

De Bruyne scored the equaliser when he appeared to attempt to find a team-mate with a cross from outside the box, but the ball went curling beyond PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas and into the net.

He says he could have gone for a second when City were given a free kick, but he let Mahrez take it after the Algeria international asked for it.

"It set up in a perfect position. It's so difficult for the goalkeeper because he expects someone to touch it," he said of his goal.

"We kept going and with the second goal Riyad is good for us. He asked me if he could take it and I said: 'Yes, if you believe in yourself'. He scored. Who am I to say something?

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Manchester City thumped Tottenham 4-1 on Saturday in the Premier League. Kevin De Bruyne put in another great display, scoring the goal of the game. The Belgium midfielder also won a penalty and tormented a sorry Spurs. Pep Guardiola was full of praise for the Belgian' s huge influence at the club. After Gundogan had taken advantage of poor Spurs marking to head City in front after 14 minutes, Alli went over the top of De Bruyne midway through the second half , a challenge former referee Graham Poll said deserved a red card rather than the yellow awarded by referee Craig Pawson.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was left hoping Kevin De Bruyne has not suffered another injury setback after his side eased into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. City ' s teenagers shone in Thursday' s 2 -0 win over Fulham, with Brahim Diaz scoring a brace - his first senior goals for City - while Phil Foden went close twice and De Bruyne made only his second start of the season following knee ligament damage but limped off in the last five minutes after falling awkwardly in a clash with Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Kevin De Bruyne went off injured in Manchester City ' s 2 -0 victory against Fulham.

"There is still a game to go and we have to concentrate on that."

What next for Man City?

Guardiola's team return to Premier League duty on Saturday with an away game against Crystal Palace.

Then on May 4 they will host PSG in the second leg of the semi-final tie, followed by a home game against Chelsea next Saturday.

Further reading

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Pep Guardiola fronted the media following Manchester City's win at Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.Last season's runners-up PSG looked on track to clinch a semi-final first-leg advantage over City thanks to Marquinhos' 15th-minute header before the English visitors produced a second-half comeback.

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