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Pep Guardiola opens up about Champions League ambitions

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Manchester City and Pep Guardiola are aiming to conquer Europe after two consecutive domestic league titles.

The English champions started the league stumbling with a draw against Tottenham and a loss versus the newly-promoted Norwich.

However, Pep’s side look like they’re bouncing back, as the team won three consecutive matches.

Two of those came in the Premier League to the expense of Watford (8-0) and Everton (3-1).

The League Cup was done routinely by beating Preston away with 3-0 .

City’s management, however, doesn’t press Guardiola to win the Champions League, as the progress the team is showing from match to match is more than enough to warrant trust for Pep Guardiola.

Still, the players are hungry for European success in a quest to prove that they’re Europe’s best team, not their title challenger, Liverpool.

In a press conference ahead of Dinamo Zagreb match, Guardiola talked about his Champions League ambitions.

According to Guardian, Pep said:

“If I don’t win I’m not going to kill myself, I will try my best. My first press conference in the first year here it was the same question. People said: ‘You are here to win the Champions League’.

“I said, ‘Okay’. But I speak with Ferran [Soriano, chief executive], Khaldoon [al-Mubarak, chairman] and they didn’t tell me that. They told me I was here to continue the project, to try to win one game and then another and see how far we get.

“The people here want to win it. The fans – without them it’s impossible without the feeling that we want to do it and are able to do it. [With only the] 11 players it’s not possible. We are going to try to seduce our fans and say: ‘Okay we can do it’.”

However, Guardiola wants to win in style, saying:

“The only way is winning games and playing good. Every single day we work. I know for the fans it’s the Premier League – that’s the most exciting.

“We know that as a club, we’ve done polls, I know how special it is. But this competition is nice too. They have to live it as a dream. Nine times in a row.”