Ahead of the crunch UEFA Champions League fixture between Manchester City and Atletico Madrid, Pep Guardiola has admitted that he tends to overthink his tactics on some occasions.
Manchester City will host the Spanish side on Tuesday, and they will face another tactician in Diego Simeone who has been with the club for more than a decade.
Guardiola has been accused of complicating tactics especially in important European matches such as last season’s UCL finals against Chelsea when he dropped Rodri.
Speaking in the pre-match press conference, he said:
“In the Champions League, always I overthink, create new tactics and new ideas and tomorrow you will a see one,” the City manager told reporters, with a wry chuckle.
“It would be boring, my job, if all the time I had to win the same way. Opponents have different ways to play. If people think I’ll approach it the same way as Atletico Liverpool, I don’t think about that.
“The movements of Liverpool are completely different than Atletico Madrid especially because every player is different, every player a has mother and father with different personalities. I have to adapt.
“That’s why I love to overthink with stupid tactics, and if I don’t win I look stupid. Tonight I will take inspiration and do incredible tactics tomorrow. We’ll play with 12 tomorrow.”
He also commented on Simeone’s methods, arguing that the Argentine’s tactics are wrongly stereotyped as defensive:
“Very often we do not play in the same country. In the Champions League we’ve met just once,” said Guardiola.
“I think after watching Atletico, there is a misconception about the way he plays. It’s more offensive than people could believe. He doesn’t want to take the risk in the build-up, but after they have quality and play really well in the final third.
“They don’t want to take risks, but when the ball is in halfway, the quality of the players they have and how competitive they are, they know it depends on the position of the ball and the movement. They know how they have to play in these moments.
“It depends on where the ball is, the moment of the game: winning or losing, last minutes or early minutes, beginning of the second half. In these moments they are really good.”