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Guardiola hopes to emulate Barca, Bayern Munich & Juventus at Man City

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus have been the best teams of the past decade and hopes his squad can emulate their feats.

The Citizens booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup following a 5-0 thrashing of Burnley on Saturday.

Chelsea also await City in next month’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley with Bundesliga side Schalke 04 coming up in a last-16 Champions League clash as well.

Meanwhile, City remain firmly in the hunt for a second successive Premier League crown with just four points separating them from leaders Liverpool.

However, despite the recent talk of chasing a quadruple this season, Guardiola is more concerned in establishing City among Europe’s elite.

“I know you are so generous and thank you very much guys but every time you make that comment [on winning the quadruple] we lose a competition!” said Guardiola, according to Sky Sports.

“It’s important that in January we are there.

“With the big clubs, that is a big difference, who are the best clubs in the last decade? Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, these are the best three teams in the last decade in Europe, why?

“Because every season they win the league, every season they win the cups, every season they are there and that is what I want.

“When I say Bayern Munich, Juventus, Barcelona are the best it is because it doesn’t matter what happened before, they go again, and again, and again.

“That is the most difficult thing. Win one night, two nights, one title, two titles – that can happen but that consistency every three days for 11 months, for 10 years, that’s what I respect and admire the most.

“That will be my dream in the club, to live something [like that] that in the period that we were together, every single game and every single competition we tried to do that. And so far we have done it.”

City will travel to St James’ Park for their next Premier League match against Newcastle on Tuesday with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).