Pep Guardiola challenges Erling Haaland to "relax" and stay positive as Manchester City prepares for the UEFA Champions League defense. Guardiola expressed concern over Haaland's body language during the win over Everton but emphasized the need for positivity, even when not scoring. City, positioned as one of the top teams in the league, is aiming to retain the Champions League trophy, with Guardiola highlighting the increased belief in the squad's capabilities.

State of Play
  • Manchester City is one of the two teams to have won all six group stage games in the Champions League, demonstrating their prowess in the competition.
  • Copenhagen, City's upcoming opponent, advanced to the knockout rounds after competing in a tough group that included Bayern Munich and Manchester United, showcasing their resilience and potential as formidable competition.
  • City defender Nathan Aké anticipates a challenging match against Copenhagen, acknowledging their ability to provide a tough test despite not having played a competitive game since December due to Denmark's winter break.
Bottom Line

Guardiola's encouragement for Haaland to stay positive amid challenges and the strong belief within the Manchester City squad underscore their determination to succeed in the UEFA Champions League, positioning them as formidable contenders in the upcoming matches.