Man City are “calmly confident” of reaching the Champions League final, says John Stones – as the defender insists previous disappointments “were used as fuel to motivate them ahead of the second leg in the PSG semi-finals”
- Manchester City host PSG in the Champions League second leg
- After the victory in Paris on April 28th, City took a 2-1 lead on Tuesday evening
- Pep Guardiola’s team want to reach their first Champions League final
John Stones firmly believes that Manchester City are mentally stronger enough to make history in the Champions League.
After the impressive comeback in France last week, City Saint-Germain will go into the semi-finals of the semi-finals on Tuesday evening.
Stones, who will join Ruben Dias in central defense, believes channeling their past failures has set the fuse on progress this year.
John Stones is backing him and his teammates in Manchester City to get the job done against PSG
City goes 2-1 into the semi-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday evening
“I think all of these things made us a stronger team,” he said.
‘The disappointment of knocking out in harsh circumstances is hard to bear and something we had to use as fuel to motivate us to take the next step from last season and achieve our goal of winning this competition.
‘This season we have a great opportunity to get to the final, which we hope we can do. We tried to use these feelings of disappointment to motivate ourselves to do better.
‘We are calmly confident that we have to be. It’s a great opportunity for us, for the club. We have to go into the game like we left off in the second half last week. A great result that we achieved with two away goals from Paris. ‘
City must keep Neymar calm at Etihad Stadium, with doubts about Kylian Mbappe’s fitness after missing the weekend win over Lens, although the striker is expected to travel to Manchester.
Stones insisted that Pep Guardiola’s side must attack the tie instead of maintaining their lead against a side that prefers to play away.
“I don’t even want to think about losing,” he added. ‘We’re going into the game tomorrow to win it. That has been our attitude the last five years I’ve been here – who we play the way we do.
“If it doesn’t work, we can hold our heads up and know that we gave our all. I am very confident in the guys and their abilities and desires. I am confident that we can take the next step in our history.
“I think we have to attack the game like any other game to go out and win. We’ve never gone into a game and thought differently that the job was done. It’s a downward spiral when we go into a game like this. Play as Man City and how we always play. ‘
Guardiola agreed. “We have to win the game,” he said. “We only talk about us, us and us. Defend yourself well, attack with patience and score goals at the right moments.
“I think we will react well in the bad moments. We know how good we can be. Unfortunately it’s only words (now), but tomorrow at eight o’clock we have to do it.
‘I am incredibly optimistic. I am calmer than before. I try to enjoy it. You train well, everyone wants to help. The semi-final is always the toughest game, more so than the final. We will try to control our emotions. I will try to convince the players that this is the best way to win this game. ‘