Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk: 'I can handle schedule'

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After back to back defeats, Guardiola's City have everything to prove, and with the Etihad behind them, they'll be throwing everything they have at Liverpool to try and salvage something from the tie. We are only in the lead.

"You don't need to remind them of a specific game", he said.

"We are not thinking about who is favourite". What we done this season is incredible.

"They have so much quality, they are going to win the league that's pretty clear, that's not for no reason", said Van Dijk on Tuesday. It is clear they would be outstanding but there is no flawless football team in the world.

Guardiola admits that nothing but a "perfect" game will suffice for his team to get through. "The only way to play good football is to be positive", he added.

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"Of course to go through you have to make the flawless game, create chances, be clinical and concede few chances". To win titles we need nights like... to beat Barcelona last season was so special because we know Barcelona is the best team in the world and you create something by beating them.

"We have to think about football: what we have to do, where we have to do it. What we are going to do is try". It's more than 90 minutes but we showed many times, in a short period we can create chances and you have to be clinical.

They can compete in Leverkusen with 70 or 80 per cent effort and probably win anyway.

He said, "I don't know but if we are not able to cope with that psychologically it will be a good lesson for the future".

"I liked the performance against Roma because it was truly very hard".

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"Obviously, we are bothered by the last two games".

Manchester City were eliminated last season in the last 16 by AS Monaco and it would be a disappointment for them to fail to make the last four after such a dominant season domestically.

See below for a run-down on the games, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray, our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and Lawrene Lyons of BoyleSports.

There is a clip of Pep Guardiola focusing intently on re-arranging the mobile phones and tape recorders on his desk prior to his news conference ahead of Manchester City's weekend derby encounter with Manchester United.

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He said, "They are a team that likes to play long balls".

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