Guardiola Plays Down City Chances

Guardiola Plays Down City Chances

Pep Guardiola has again claimed Manchester City do not have the feel of Champions League winners and has played down their chances. The City boss has often cited the club’s lack of history at elite European level as one of the reasons why they are still to make a big breakthrough on that stage.

Guardiola, who twice guided Barcelona to Champions League glory, says the fans also have to be on board to help push City to glory, suggesting they are not already.

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These matters were raised again as Guardiola spoke at a press conference in Kharkiv to preview his side’s Group F encounter against Shakhtar Donetsk tonight.

Guardiola said: “We’ll put more efforts into winning this competition. I saw last season and this that in many circumstances we are still not ready to win it. That’s what I feel.

“That doesn’t mean we are not going to try, but to win this competition it’s not enough just to have desire, or wanting to win. You have to have many circumstances, have experience and still we don’t have enough in some moments.

“That’s not enough that the manager wants to win it, it’s not just the players. You have to have the desire – the club, chairman, owner, the fans, everyone has to push to be closer, to achieve the next stages. When it happens, everyone will feel it.”

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