Pep Guardiola believes the Manchester City players were too shy in the first half of the Champions League semifinal against Paris Saint-Germain.
City players City made a brilliant second half comeback to beat PSG 2-1 away on Wednesday night.
Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez gave the English side a two goal advantage despite the hosts taking the first lead through Marquinhos’ first half goal.
Guardiola had a clear message for his City players as they try to reach the club’s first Champions League final.
“If we play shy and not who we are, then anything can happen as they have the quality to turn it around,” he said on Sky Sports.
“But if we play with quality like we did in the second half maybe we’ll have the chance to reach the final.
“The first 15 minutes at Borussia Dortmund was the same, the first half at home vs Dortmund was the same. Everyone had the desire but we have to learn. It’s just the second time in our history we’re at this stages. Nearly 80 per cent of the players have never played in a Champions League semi-final. It’s not like other teams. It’s a process. I have to convince them that when we are who we are everything will be easier. Hopefully that will happen in the next game.
“You have to be aggressive against these big stars or you can’t do it. When we’re more aggressive doing a good intensity, we were different. We can be more aggressive and fluid.
“I was happy in the locker room after the players were just calm. Not cheering, just calm. Anything can happen in the second leg. Now we go to Crystal Palace to make an important step in the Premier League.”