Manchester City head coach, Pep Guardiola has highlighted the importance of his team securing the top spot in their Champions League group.
City prepare to face RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday and while, both teams have already secured qualification into the knockout stages, the battle for first place in Group G remains open.
Guardiola has stressed the importance of winning or drawing to claim the advantageous position for the last 16, as avoiding defeat will eliminate the potential danger of City finishing second and facing the winner of another group in the last-16 stage.
“We have to win or draw,” said Guardiola.
“The first step is done for both sides so congratulations to RB Leipzig to qualify for the next round in February.
“It is important to finish first. We believe that when we play the last 16, [having] the second leg at home is not decisive but an advantage and we have to take it.”