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“Champions League important to Man City but it doesn’t bother me,” Guardiola

Champions League is important to City but it doesn’t bother me, Pep Guardiola responds about City’s chances in the competition.

Pep Guardiola believes that reaching the Champions League final will be difficult, but that his Manchester City team is full of confidence right now.

Despite such a promising 2020/21 Champions League season, it all ended in agony for Manchester City – narrowly losing out to Chelsea in the final.

Some of the players’ scars from that night in Porto may still be visible, but they must put them aside and fly back to the same country to face Sporting CP in the last-16 of this year’s competition.

Pep Guardiola was asked in his pre-match news conference before his side’s encounter against the Portuguese giants if this was the year his squad would go one step further and ultimately win the legendary Champions League trophy.

“To go better than last season isn’t easy,” Guardiola began. 

“We’re excited and happy to be at this stage. I know how important the Champions League is, but we take seriously every Premier League game, we saw how tough Norwich was. Confidence always was high, not just now, the previous seasons.”

The ultimate aim of Guardiola’s appointment at the Etihad Stadium was to achieve European glory, but it is the same old question that is asked of him every time his side reaches the knockout rounds.

Guardiola, however, does not care one bit about media noise.

“Ask whatever you want, as many times as you want. It doesn’t bother me, it means we are here in the Champions League,” the Catalan explained. 

“It’s an honour to travel to Portugal to try and win the game. On the pitch we take chances, the rest is open to read and write. As much as we want or don’t want, it’s the players on the pitch.”

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