Pep Guardiola knows some Man City stars will suffer pain during Chelsea final

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Pep Guardiola admits he will have to go through some pain if he is to lead Manchester City to Champions League glory.

Guardiola's men meet English rivals Chelsea in Porto on Saturday to do battle for the biggest prize in club football.

City have never known what it feels like to be crowned kings of Europe – and Guardiola has warned them that in order to do so, they will have to suffer first.

The Spaniard, who last won the Champions League as a boss a decade ago with Barcelona, said: "Everyone wants to win, but sometimes you have to play one way and then have to adapt to circumstances.

"Some players go out and have more pressure and tension, while better players can struggle – but you have to handle it.

"The guys who can suffer, will suffer. We'll have to suffer to win. It'd be nice not to, but this is not possible. Most times in finals you have to suffer, adjust to the game and at the end try to be ourselves and try to do a good game.

"We'll have momentum, but it won’t be 90 minutes for one side. We'll stick together and try to use it.

"I am more than grateful to be here. It's an honour and privilege. We'll try to do our best and try to do a good advertisement for football. Be honest and try to win the game."

Guardiola faces the prospect of having to leave out some high-profile stars – with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Aymeric Laporte, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus facing Champions League final heartbreak.

But the ruthless City boss insists this is just part and parcel of the job – and has told those he axes to use it as a spur to become even better next time.

He said: "It's terrible. It's absolutely a disaster, but then don't be a manager in your life.

"I don't have any nice words to feel relief about the guys you've said. But my advice is stay with the team as there are five or six subs and life gives you another chance.

"Work harder and maybe next time you'll be there. I feel incredibly sorry for them, but I have to be honest, I know them and I make a selection to win the game, there is no alternative."

Guardiola knows this game is the culmination of years of hard work, frustration, huge investment and sacrifice for both him and the club.

He also knows landing a third Champions League crown as a boss will cement his status as one of the greatest of all time and has urged his stars not to blow it.

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He added: "Titles are the consequence of many, many things. The most important thing is that, always, I am a spectator, not just a manager, and, when I am sitting on the bench, I want to see the team play the way we like them to.

"People, a long time ago, said, 'it's not possible to play in this way in this country.' But we did it. It's our way, we decided to do it from day one, and we accomplished it.

"We’ve won a lot of Premier Leagues in this short time and, finally we achieved the next step in Europe at this club, and hopefully, we will not tremble."

MANCHESTER CITY Predicted XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Fernandinho, Silva; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden.

REFEREE: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain).

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  • Champions League
  • Pep Guardiola
  • Sergio Aguero
  • Manchester City FC
  • Chelsea FC

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