Champions League

Guardiola insists Cancelo 'has to improve' after dominant Gladbach display

The Portuguese starred for Manchester City as they took control of their Champions League last-16 tie but his manager wants more.

 
12:01am on Thursday 25th February 2021
By
David Lynch

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola shared his belief that Joao Cancelo 'has to improve' despite his impressive performance in Wednesday's 2-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Portuguese laid on the assists for both City goals, contested 17 duels, and completed four dribbles in an outstanding showing in Budapest.

He has emerged as one of the star men for Guardiola's men this season after struggling to make an impact in the immediate aftermath of his arrival from Juventus.

However, his manager insists there are still areas of the 26-year-old's game that he would like to iron out.

He told BT Sport: "He has to improve sometimes and know better to not make risks, but he's so clever and gives us something special to make us play.

"[I am] so happy for his two assists in the final third."

City recorded their 19th consecutive victory in all competitions as they brushed Monchengladbach aside.

But, when asked if his side might be favourites to go on and win the Champions League, Guardiola replied: "When I see Bayern I wouldn't think so. I say again, my target is West Ham.

"For a long time we thinking every game we try to win from Cheltenham to Old Trafford. Next challenge is West Ham at 12.30.

"If the people say that we have to accept it but [we are] the team who only arrives once in the semi final in ten years. If they say can win it, no problem."

Latest news

European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2021/22: Lewandowski wins again as Mbappe grabs second

The Bayern striker has claimed glory in the award for a second straight year and some big name rivals were also prominent in the European golden boot race.

  • 6 months
European Assists King

European Assists King 2021/22: Mbappe and Muller share award as Messi makes podium

The PSG and Bayern forwards could not be separated in the creative standings as the club season reached its conclusion.

  • 6 months
Premier League

Premier League top scorers 2021/22: Salah and Son share Golden Boot, Ronaldo 3rd

The Liverpool and Tottenham stars have finished level in the final goalscoring standings for England's top flight this season.

  • 6 months
Premier League

Premier League Table: Manchester City beat Liverpool to title

Manchester City claimed the Premier League title on the final day of the season, edging Liverpool into second

  • 6 months
Standings

La Liga Table: Sevilla book Champions League qualification

Sevilla have booked their place in next season's Champions League after drawing 1-1 at Atletico Madrid on Sunday evening.

  • 6 months

How Chelsea and Liverpool could line up in FA Cup final

Chelsea's last chance at silverware comes in Saturday's FA Cup final while Liverpool are bidding for a historic quadruple

  • 6 months

Most read