Pep Guardiola says Manchester City aren’t Champions League favorites

The Catalan coach stated he was proud that his team stayed true to their playing style, saying they dominated all but ten minutes of the match.

Following Manchester City’s 2-0 EPL loss against Chelsea this weekend, Pep Guardiola said his team is not the favorite to win the Champions League because of the “Unpredictability” of football.

“We are not favorites because of that reason,” Guardiola said, according to the Independent. “At that level, you need nothing to score a goal and they scored and that’s why it’s so unpredictable.

“But that level is this. The only thing we can try to ensure is to play the way we do, with personality, try to do that and we did it.”

Losing that way is a “Good lesson” for everyone at the club, he continued. The Premier League champions dominated the first half of their match at Stamford Bridge, only to receive two goals within ten minutes.

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“You don’t have to tell me how competitive this league is. It’s you and your analysts that keep saying we are invincible, that we are perfect, how good we are and that in February we are going to win the league.

“When everybody wants to beat us, being in the position that we are, playing a lot of games in the position that we have, in the way we want to play, that’s much more important than sometimes even winning today.”

Asked if Manchester City would have won with Sergio Aguero or Kevin De Bruyne playing, Pep Guardiola said nobody knows.

“Nobody knows. If someone had come here and told me that we’d win with Sergio or Kevin De Bruyne then congratulations because I don’t know.

“I said many times that after you win a game you have to be calm and all the time you win a game, it’s just three points and we analyze it the way we do and now we have to recover now, eat and prepare properly, play in the Champions League and win the next game.”

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