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Man City must ‘suffer’ to lift the Champions League trophy – Guardiola

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The Spaniard etched his name into Sky Blues’ history books by taking them to their first-ever European final, and can now further strengthen his legacy.

Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City “will have to suffer” to achieve Champions League glory.

Guardiola and Man City are preparing for an all-English Champions League final against Chelsea on Saturday.

The match at Estadio do Dragao will be a historic one for the Cityzens as they will be playing in the final of Europe’s most prestigious club competition for the very first time. They have been rather unfortunate in the competition in the last few seasons, suffering last-16 and quarter-final exits.

Guardiola is no stranger to Champions League glory, having experienced it during his trophy-laden stint at FC Barcelona twice, and he warns his players they must be ready to deal with the “bad moments” in the match.

“Everyone wants to win but to win you have to play. Sometimes you want to play one way but the opponent in the final dictates another way and you have to adapt to circumstances,” said Guardiola, as per The Independent.

“Some players go out and have more pressure, more tension. Better players can struggle but you have to handle this.

“I’m sure we will have to suffer to win the final. It’d be nice to go out and enjoy but sometimes it is not possible.

“Most times in finals you have to suffer. You have to be resilient and adjust to the bad moments in the game.”