Opinion: Guardiola must focus on the Champions League

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City attends a Manchester City press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final match against Tottenham Hotspur. At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Now that he won the Premier League twice in a row, the Catalan manager has to focus on Manchester City’s Champions League options.

Even though we know Pep Guardiola will always tell the press that his biggest goal every season is the Premier League, the Champions League is next.

The Manchester City manager has already proved himself in English football.

However, the Citizens have the ultimate goal of becoming a football dynasty that also wins the continental titles apart from the domestic.

This Premier League season might be seen as a chapter closed for Pep Guardiola’s players but the manager himself believes this is only getting started.

What they did over the last two seasons is nothing short of incredible, Pep Guardiola has managed to motivate his players to win two straight domestic leagues with 198 points in total.

That is something which has never been achieved before but Guardiola was the one manager who could make it happen.

Throughout his 10 years as a professional coach, Pep Guardiola has made a total of 906 out of 1,104 possible points in ten complete seasons.

That is a percentage of 82% of the total amount between his years spent at Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City.

The only season that Pep Guardiola didn’t reach a superlative number of points throughout his whole career was twice.

The first time his squad didn’t make over 80 points was when he managed Bayern Munich on his second season.

During that year, Guardiola’s squad made 79 points but he still won the Bundesliga with the German giants.

The second time this happened was during Guardiola’s first-ever season in the Premier League.

The Citizens only made 78 points during that term and they finished the competition in third place, just two points above Liverpool.

It’s fair to say that Pep Guardiola required his players to understand his concepts better on his very first year, something that only took him a season to achieve.

Winning the first Premier League wouldn’t be enough for the fans to get convinced of Pep Guardiola’s greatness as a manager, he needed a bigger challenge and some repeat business.

The ideal season to convince everybody was this one, which was exactly when Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool would pose a real threat in the Premier League.

Pep passed the test with flying colors, and he did it against the most formidable opponent that he could ever ask for.

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The Champions League remains the biggest challenge.

When Pep Guardiola arrived in England to coach the Citizens, he spoke to Gary Lineker during an interview and told him that he wouldn’t lest more than three or four years at the club.

The reason for that is that Pep Guardiola is a very passionate manager who always demands the very best from each of his players.

There are sometimes that the footballers get tired of so much pressure and their relationship with the manager gets a little worn off.

It has been three years already and the players still seem hungry for more titles, they know that the Champions League is the ultimate target for next season.

Even though they can still make history by winning the first domestic treble in English football history, the Citizens are mentally ready for next season.

This doesn’t mean that Guardiola won’t demand the best from them in the Premier League again, it just means they will endure more pressure in the Champions League.

Losing against Tottenham Hotspur was painful but it wasn’t that terrible because the players still made a massive effort.

We are not certain what will happen next season if Guardiola’s squad doesn’t get to the final, he could get sacked if he doesn’t compete for that specific title.

Is winning the Champions League Manchester City biggest target for next season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.

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