Pep Guardiola has stated that he ‘always overthinks dumb tactics’ while preparing his team for Champions League games.
The Citizens have yet to lift Europe’s best club competition trophy, but came close last season, losing 1-0 to Premier League rivals Chelsea in the final.
Guardiola has already been accused of overthinking in the Champions League knockout stages, and he was chastised last season for not starting a recognized defensive midfielder against the West Londoners.
Guardiola has disclosed that fresh tactics would be implemented at the Etihad Stadium ahead of Man City’s quarter-final first-leg meeting against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday since he feels it would be “boring” to play the same manner in every match.
“In the Champions League, I always overthink. Tomorrow, you will see a new tactic,” Guardiola told reporters in his press conference on Monday.
“I overthink a lot, that’s why I have very good results in the Champions League. I love it. It would be boring if I always played the same way.
“People can believe I approach Atletico and Liverpool in the same way – but, of course, their movements are completely different. The movements are different, the players are all different with different personalities.
“Every player has a mother and father and the mother and father give different personalities to the players. That’s why I love to overthink and create stupid tactics, and when we don’t win I am punished. Tonight I take inspiration and I’m going to do incredible tactics tomorrow. We play with 12 tomorrow!”
Man City are prepared for a grueling month of matches across all categories, beginning with a two-legged Champions League encounter against Atletico Madrid on Sunday, followed by another Premier League duel with Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-finals on April 16.