Pep Guardiola knows Manchester City have no margin for error at Hoffenheim

• Lyon defeat has left qualification in doubt, says manager
• Maybe City need to ‘suffer’ to prosper in Europe, he says

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City may need to “suffer” in the Champions League group stage to comprehend how difficult progression deep into the competition is, after failing to reach the semi-finals in each of his two years as manager.

Under Guardiola’s management City have been eliminated at the last-16 stage by Monaco and the quarter-finals by Liverpool. This was after qualification to the knockout phase was achieved with a game to spare each time. Having lost 2-1 at home to Lyon in the opening Group F match he understands how imperative defeating Hoffenheim at the Rhein?Neckar-Arena on Tuesday night is.

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