Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, has revealed the advice he was given by Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, ahead of his team’s second leg UEFA Champions League last-16 clash with Real Madrid in 2019.
Despite Real Madrid having beaten Ajax 2-1 in the first leg in Amsterdam, the Dutch giants managed to turn the game around with a shock 4-1 win against the Los Blancos at the Santiago Bernabeu.
But Onana is now saying that while he was discussing Ajax’s second leg tie against Real Madrid, Guardiola told him, ‘you are already dead,’ so go there and give it all because you have already lost the first leg.
“I had been to see Manchester City play against Schalke in Germany before and I was talking to Pep Guardiola about the second leg,” Onana told the Daily Mail.
“He laughed and told me: ‘Andre, you are in the best position. You go there when you are winning against Madrid and you don’t know whether to attack or defend. But you have lost the first leg and now you have the war of the second leg and you can only win. You’re already dead. So go there and give it all’.
“And that was the message I was telling the team. We can win or lose but whatever happens we will sleep like champions.
“And the first two shots are goals, not even in your wildest dreams could you think that.”