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City must improve before thinking about the UCL

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Manchester City has some improving to do before they are ready to even start thinking about winning the UEFA Champions League.

Pep Guardiola has won the Champions League twice as a manager and once as a player.

He is highly qualified to know what it takes to be the best in Europe.

His Manchester City side has been far from their best domestically this year. Many say that is due to their focus on Champions League success.

Guardiola, on the other hand, is not convinced his side is ready to reach those dizzying heights just yet.

In an interview reported by Sky Sports, after his sides 0-2 humbling at home to Wolves, and a far from clinical victory over Crystal Palace, Guardiola wants improvement.

He said:

“We miss a lot of chances in the final third and we have to do that to be clinical.”

“When the people say about the Champions League being the target, we are still not ready.”

“We create a lot and we don’t concede, but we can still improve.”

“We are a team in the last two seasons who score a lot and create a lot.”

“I don’t have doubt about that, but still we have to keep going and work on that.”

Guardiola is referencing his sides last two games, where they have been no less than wasteful in front of goal.

In the defeat against Wolves, his side had 18 shots, of which only two found the target.

Although this weekend’s game against Palace was a win, his side had 21 shots, of which ten were on target and they only scored twice.

While many sides can only dream of statistics like that and many will say a win is a win.

Guardiola doesn’t just want to win, he wants to dominate. He knows that is the level needed to reach the very top.

In their last Champions League game at home to Zagreb, they won 2-0, with 20 shots and six on target.

What really concerns Pep is the fact that a tougher opponent will not be as forgiving.

City must learn to take their chances or in the latter stages of the Champions League, they may live to regret it.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 28: Josep Guardiola manager of FC Barcelona lifts the trophy after victory in the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC at Wembley Stadium on May 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)