Manchester City head coach, Pep Guardiola, has claimed that winning the Champions League would pale in comparison to defending City’s Premier League crown. Having already won the Carabao Cup and booked their place in the FA Cup final, defending Premier League champions are on course for an unprecedented quadruple.
They sit only two points behind league leaders Liverpool in Premier League standings with a game in hand but have to overturn Tottenham’s 1-0 first-leg advantage to move into Champions League semifinals.
Pep Guardiola on the Champions League: “I know people say I came here to win the Champions League, but I didn’t come here to win the Champions League, honestly. I came here to play the way my team has been playing in the last 20 months.” pic.twitter.com/8nQdWwfANT
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It has been eight years since Guardiola’s last Champions League title, but the former Barcelona coach has once again played down the importance of the trophy, claiming he hasn’t come to City to win the Champions League.
“I know people say I came here to win the Champions League, but I didn’t come here to win the Champions League, honestly,” Guardiola said on the eve of their second leg against Spurs, as quoted by Fox Sports.
“I came here to play the way my team has been playing in the last 20 months. That is why I came here – to play the way I want to play and of course I want to win the Champions League.”
“I was at a big club in Bayern Munich and after three seasons I won absolutely everything except the Champions League. It was a big failure. What can I say, I accept that, I know that. I have to live with that but it is not a big, big problem.”
“It pushes me better when you feel you have to win it. If not, it is not enough but also at the same time you have to accept the other teams were better in this competition. A lot of big clubs are not here now in these stages, so what is important is how you handle things for 11 months.”
“That is why I have said many times the Premier League, for me, is the most important title, showing every three days that you are there. Being there every time sends out a good message. What we need to do tomorrow is put our hurt on the pitch, our desire and after we will see.”