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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola reveals why he made half-time changes during Manchester City vs RB Leipzig match clash that resulted to victory

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Manchester City came back from being down two goals to beat RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday.

At break, Manchester City was down two goals to RB Leipzig. The players were calm as they thought about the changes they could make to their strategy that would help them come back and win.

City played terrible for the first 45 minutes against Leipzig. Leipzig scored twice on the break and made City make a lot of mistakes. Two changes made by City changed the game in their favor, and they scored three goals to win and go ahead in their Champions League group with one game to spare.

Pep Guardiola looked angry during the first half, but he says there were no heated words in the locker room during the break.

He told TNT Sports, “We had to be as calm as possible and we did great.” As the leader of the group, I’m pleased with how things turned out in the end. The team fights, runs, and has energy.

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola reveals why he made half-time changes Manchester City vs RB Leipzig match clash that resulted to victory

“Our press changed. Rico [Lewis] was great again, and Phil [Foden] made important moves in the last third. We may have lost our flow because of Jeremy Doku.

In his press conference, Guardiola also talked about how people felt at halfway. He insisted that there was no disappointment and emphasized how dangerous he thought Leipzig would be.

“Not about disappointment, had to do something abou their high pressing,” he stated. “I must say I didn’t think they’d play 5-4-1 with five at the back.” Something had to change. We did a bad job of attacking. The second part is important because it helps us.

“Today, if we had to win the game to make it, I’m sure we wouldn’t play the way we do.” But in the first half, we talked about our problems. Leipzig is familiar to me. Unless it was last season when we won 7-0, every game we won before that was very close.

In the Bundesliga as well, they are always there to help teams get into the Champions League. Christopher Nkunku and Josko Gvardić are still there even though they were lost. Dani Olmo is hurt, and these are great players. That year, they beat Bayern Munich in the Super Cup. I understand what you mean. That was something we talked about.

“If you want long balls, you need to win fights and be stronger.” Some mistakes and a bit of sloppiness. [Being careless] at that level is impossible. It was a good response, and they scored quickly. It was great to add a wide because Julian [Alvarez] and Jeremy made such a difference. Rico can play in the middle of the field, which helps us do what we want to do. We won the game.

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