Pep Guardiola accepts Manchester City can’t be considered an all-time great until they deliver in the Champions League.
Guardiola led City to a historic domestic treble last season in winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
However, Champions League again eluded them following a quarter-final exit to Premier League rivals Tottenham on away goals after finishing 4-4 on aggregate. It was the second time in a row they had been eliminated at the last-eight stage by an English team.
In fact, City have never gone past the quarter-final in any of Guardiola’s three seasons in charge at the Etihad Stadium.
“Football always gives you another opportunity,” Guardiola told CityTV.
“People say until we win the Champions League, we can’t be considered one of the greatest. It’s OK, we accept the challenge.
“A decade ago, no one could have considered this club could win the Premier League. Now the people start to talk about the Champions League. That’s a first step, that’s good.
“If it happens next season, it will be next season. With me or without me, with this group or with another group. Maybe one day it will happen. If it doesn’t happen – unlucky. But we’ll be trying to do it.”
Guardiola added: “I’ve won many prizes by one inch. And we lost this one [against Tottenham] by one inch.
“Right now, we are the happiest group in the world. At the same time, we are conscious that doing the same we could have lost the Premier League.
“I’ve won a Champions League semi-final with one shot on target in the second leg. And I’ve lost one with 30 shots on target – against the same team, Chelsea. You have to work to control as much as possible.”