Manchester City’s Phil Foden (left) scores against Borussia Dortmund during their Champions League first leg quarter-final at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Tuesday. Agence France-Presse
Both the European giants Manchester City and Real Madrid lived up to their billing and sealed their berths in the last eight of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Manchester City moved to the verge of the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Wednesday but coach Pep Guardiola insisted his team still need to ‘be more clinical up front’.
Pep Guardiola expects to be labelled a “failure” if Manchester City do not reach the semifinals of the Champions League for the fifth straight year since he joined the English club. City hold a 2-1 lead over Borussia Dortmund heading into the second leg of the quarterfinals
Bayern Munich began their defence of the Champions League title in ominous fashion by crushing Atletico Madrid 4-0 on Wednesday, while Liverpool and Manchester City also won but Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat.
Martinez will play in a back three with Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni opting for more defensive cover against the Dutch.
"We have a whole people behind us, a continent behind us and the Arab world behind us. That's a lot of energy behind us. We're going to try and do everything we can," Regragui said on the eve of the match against Portugal.
The match finished 1-1 after extra time, with Bruno Petkovic cancelling out Neymar's brilliant solo opener. Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved a penalty attempt by Rodrygo and Marquinhos later hit the post.