De Bruyne explains Guardiola’s half-time team-talk that inspired Man City’s incredible  comeback

De Bruyne explains Guardiola’s half-time team-talk that inspired Man City’s incredible comeback

The English side fought back to seal a first-leg win after a slow start in the French capital

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola told his players to hold onto the ball more in the second half of their Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, says Kevin De Bruyne.

City came from behind to beat the French side in the first leg of their semi-final tie, with De Bruyne scoring in the second half to cancel out Marquinhos’ early header. Riyad Mahrez then scored from a free-kick seven minutes later to seal the win for the visitors.

And De Bruyne says the turnaround was a result of his side’s more patient approach after the break.

What did De Bruyne say?

Asked what instructions Guardiola gave his players at half-time, the Belgium international 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.”

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