Guardiola Questions City Euro Credentials

Guardiola Questions City Euro Credentials

Pep Guardiola has questioned whether Manchester City are good enough to win the Champions League after the late win in Schalke.

The Premier League champions were stunned as the unfancied German side turned the first leg of a last-16 tie City were expected to win comfortably around with two penalties late in the first half.

The first of them was awarded by VAR for a debatable handball against Nicolas Otamendi after a lengthy and farcical stoppage.

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Nabil Bentaleb scored both spot-kicks, cancelling out Sergio Aguero’s opener, but late goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling saw City snatch a 3-2 win after Otamendi was sent off for a second bookable offence.

City, who are in contention for four trophies this season, are among the favourites for the competition but Guardiola questioned whether that was justified. “We gave away the goals and the red card. We’re not ready to fight for the Champions League,” Guardiola said. “But the result is good. I know how difficult it is to play in Germany. “To go away and score three goals is pleasing and so is the way we reacted with 10 men. We played incredibly well and I’m delighted but it’s not enough. We are a nice team to watch but I don’t know how far we’ll get.”

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