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The Wankdorf pitch, his red card vs Brighton, the Young Boys threat – Every Word: Manuel Akanji’s Pre-BSC Young Boys press conference (UEFA Champions League)



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Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji has looked ahead to Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League clash against BSC Young Boys in Switzerland.

Pep Guardiola’s side are looking to take another significant step towards Champions League Group Stage qualification on Wednesday night with a victory over BSC Young Boys at the Wankdorf Stadium.

The reigning European champions have won their opening two Group G fixtures, most recently a late 1-3 win over RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena in Germany, courtesy of substitutes Julian Alvarez and Jeremy Doku goals. 

Manchester City are currently unbeaten in the UEFA Champions League for over a year, including their triumph in the final against Inter last season, but have not previously faced Swiss outfit, Young Boys. 

The Bern-based club are currently winless in Group G so far this season and play on an artificial pitch, forcing Manchester City to change their usual pre-match preparations ahead of the contest this week. 

The pitch was amongst the topic of conversation at the pre-match press conference ahead of the clash, with Switzerland international defender Manuel Akanji addressing the media for Manchester City at the Wankdorf Stadium.

Here is every word from the Manchester City centre-back on Tuesday evening!

On Manchester City’s start to the season

“Started really well. Didn’t win the Community Shield but after that had a long winning streak. Then three losses obviously not good for us but we showed a reaction and won the game at the weekend.”

On Manchester City’s motivation after winning the Treble

“We want to win everything possible. We’re out of the Carabao Cup but we want to fight for everything else and hopefully more trophies at the end of the year.”

On what he expects from BSC Young Boys

“They won’t be scared, will try to play football and be brave. We have to focus on ourselves and get three points.”

On the artificial pitch at the Wankdorf Stadium

“It’s not the same, we’re not used to playing on artificial surfaces. It is what it is, we can’t change it.”

On his red card against Brighton & Hove Albion

“Really frustrated, it was not even a foul. I touched him a little bit on the hip but let go after less than a second. He took two steps and fell and the ref gave me a second yellow. Really disappointed. I wanted to play in the derby.”