The Manchester City fans were drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this weekend after they suffered a shock 3-2 defeat against Manchester United at The Etihad Stadium, but they are eager to move on and look ahead to their crucial clash against Liverpool tomorrow evening.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been in imperious form throughout the season so far, but their last two fixtures have served to prove that they are far from untouchable. Going into the first-leg of their quarter final tie against Liverpool last week, City were the favourites to lift the Champions League this season, but fast-forward a week and they are on the brink of being dumped out of the competition.
City are no strangers to emotional roller-coasters as they rarely do things the simple way, and if they are to progress into the semi-final of the Champions League tomorrow night there is no doubt that it will be one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the clubs history. And if Guardiola wants to find some words of inspiration to convince his players that winning the tie remains a possibility, he doesn’t have to look too far into the past to cite an iconic example of how quickly circumstances can change in football.
As we all know, the club’s first ever Premier League title win arrived in 2012 courtesy of a 3-2 win over QPR following a pair of injury time strikes from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero.
The spirit the players demonstrated on that day was truly extraordinary, and if the Citizens are to record an aggregate victory over Liverpool tonight they will certainly need to emulate aspects of the character shown on that fateful day in 2012.
The problem for City is that an away goal for Liverpool will leave them needing a whopping 5 goals to secure their passage into the semi-final of the Champions League.
Considering the quality of Liverpool’s attacking players, the likelihood of a Reds away goal is incredibly high, so City will almost certainly need to produce a special display to give themselves any chance of progressing.
It’s been an abysmal 7 days for the club, but if Guardiola’s side are able to emulate the heroics of the class of 2012 tomorrow then the supporters could be set to witness one of the greatest evenings in the club’s long history.
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