The Manchester City manager has won back-to-back championships with his team, but he couldn’t advance to the UEFA Champions League Semifinal.
Manchester City won the 2017-2018 and the 2018-2019 English Premier League titles.
But the team couldn’t advance further than the Quarterfinal stage in the UEFA Champions League.
Which is why City’s manager Pep Guardiola believes that to be the best, you have to win the European competition.
“We have had a fantastic couple of seasons but to be considered the best I think you have to win the Champions League,” he said to The Gulf News.
“Our standard in that competition has not been as good as the rest of our work, I admit. That is something we need to address because it is still our dream to win it.”
“We only won the league by a tiny margin, we were pushed very hard by Liverpool, and if we had beaten Tottenham I am not sure we could have coped with the pressure and the extra fixtures,” he said.
“I don’t think we would have been able to keep our focus because the Champions League is really tough, you are playing with emotions more than you are in other competitions and it’s so tight. One goal, one decision, one miss could cost you.”
“Liverpool and Manchester United are the biggest two clubs in the Premier League — history tells you that,” he continued saying.
“You cannot fight against history, but we are making steps. We did a great job this season because Liverpool was incredible. We already know who our rivals will be next season and the level we will have to reach.”
“Those were tragedies for the Liverpool people. We were happy for ourselves, but if someone was offended for another issue I’m sorry, I apologize, it was never our attention. We celebrated because we won the Premier League against an incredible contender,” he concluded.