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Man City manager Pep Guardiola jokes in a sarcastic reply to the question about his tactics: “We will play with 12 players”.

PEP GUARDIOLA had a hilarious response after being asked if he was guilty of “reconsidering” his Champions League tactics.

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

Guardiola joked that he will line up with 12 men against Atletico Madrid

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Guardiola and co are hoping to top the tournament this year after losing the final to Chelsea last May.

However, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid stand in their way, with the return scheduled eight days after their Etihad clash.

And ahead of the tie, Guardiola had a witty response after being challenged for his tendency to ‘overthink’ European clashes.

He said: “In the Champions League I always think too much. Keep coming up with new tactics and new ideas and tomorrow we will see a new one.

“I overthink a lot… absolutely. That’s why I got 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 was criticized last year for choosing not to use a defensive midfielder in the final defeat by Chelsea.

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

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The Spaniard continued: “So if people can believe that I’m going to go the same way against Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, I’m not thinking about it. Liverpool’s movements are completely different from Atletico Madrid.

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

While playing against an irresistible City side sometimes feels like playing against 12 men, Guardiola joked that he would do just that on Tuesday night.

He concluded: “I have to adapt and adapt, so I love to re-think and come up with stupid tactics.

“Tonight I will be inspired and use incredible tactics, tomorrow we will play at 12.”

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