Guardiola Plays Down Euro Chances

Guardiola Plays Down Euro Chances

Pep Guardiola is again playing down Manchester City’s chances of going all the way in the Champions League this season.

Premier League champions City are among the favourites for the competition but Guardiola continues to play down expectations by referring to the club’s lack of European pedigree.

City are competing in the Champions League for an eighth season in succession but their best effort remains their run to the semi-finals in 2016.

They have not got beyond the quarter-finals under Guardiola. The Spaniard, who won the competition twice as Barcelona boss, said: “We are teenagers in this competition, that’s what I feel, but we want to win it, we push ourselves.

The best way is to feel this kind of pressure. “We have to dream and point as high as possible. At the same time we have to accept there are other teams thinking the same with a lot of quality and a lot of talent.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan feels City are capable of going deep in the competition – but they still have to prove it.

The German said:”If we want to be named as the best in Europe, we have to do it. It’s our ambition but in terms of how we play, we feel we are already quite good. “We have to prove it on results and, obviously, that means going as far as possible in the Champions League. That’s our target. That’s why we play.”

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