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Halftime Prep Talk From Pep Guardiola Inspired Our Comeback Victory – Kevin De Bruyne
Halftime Prep Talk From Pep Guardiola Inspired Our Comeback Victory – Kevin De Bruyne

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Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne admits an inspiring half-time team talk from boss Pep Guardiola turned around their first leg against Paris Saint-Germain.

The Cityzens were a shadow of themselves in the first period, and went down 1-0 at half time to the Parisians away from home.

But they rallied in the second period, dominated possession, and now take a 2-1 advantage into the home leg in a week’s time.

Goals from De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez won the game for City.

Asked what Pep told the players at half time, De Bruyne told BT Sport: “Just play a little bit more with the ball. The first half, we were a bit too rushed, trying to go forward too quickly and that’s not the way we are set up as a team.

“In the second half we tried to find space more patiently. They’re a tough team to play against. The progression we made as a team was good.”

On his goal, De Bruyne added: “It set up in a perfect position. It’s so difficult for the goalkeeper because he expects someone to touch it.

“We kept going and with the second goal Riyad is good for us. He asked me if he could take it and I said: ‘Yes, if you believe in yourself’. He scored. Who am I to say something?

“There is still a game to go and we have to concentrate on that.”

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