PEP GUARDIOLA had a hilarious response after being questioned as to whether he is guilty of “overthinking” his tactics in the Champions League.

The Manchester City boss joked he will field 12 players in Tuesday night’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Atletico Madrid.

Guardiola joked he was going to field 12 men against Atletico Madrid

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Guardiola and Co are hoping to go one better in the tournament this year, having lost the final to Chelsea last May.

Standing in their way though are Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, with the return leg scheduled for eight days after the clash at the Etihad.

And speaking ahead of the tie, Guardiola had a witty response after being challenged on his tendency to “overthink” in European clashes.

He said: “In the Champions League, I always overthink. Always create new tactics and new ideas and tomorrow we’ll see a new one.

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“I overthink a lot…absolutely. That’s why I’ve had very good results in the Champions League.

“My job would be boring if we always played the same way against opponents who play in different ways.”

Guardiola came under criticism last year for deciding not to field a holding midfielder in the final defeat to Chelsea.

But he insisted he will continue to chop and change his selection based on City’s opponents.

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The Spaniard continued: “So if the people can believe that I’m going to approach playing Atletico Madrid and Liverpool the same, I don’t think about that. The movements from Liverpool are completely different from Atletico Madrid.

“Especially because the players are different. Every player has a mother and a father and every mother and father have different types of personalities and different types of players.”

While playing against an irresistible City side may well sometimes feel like playing against 12 men, Guardiola joked he would do exactly that on Tuesday night.

He concluded: “I have to adapt and adjust, that’s why I love to overthink and create stupid tactics again.

“Tonight I will take inspiration and I’m going to do incredible tactics, we will play with 12 tomorrow.”



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