Champions League

Pep: Man City not ready to win Champions League

2018-10-23 13:16
Pep Guardiola (Supplied)
Pep Guardiola (Supplied)

Cape Town - Pep Guardiola remains unconvinced that his Manchester City side has what it takes to go all the way in this season's Champions League.

The Premier League champions were knocked out by Liverpool in the quarter-finals of last season's competition and have already lost to Lyon this time around.

Guardiola's side responded by beating Hoffenheim, but ahead of Tuesday's clash with Shakhtar Donetsk, the City head coach admitted that his side was lacking in certain areas.

He told Sky Sports: "In this competition you need something special, and still I don't feel it. I saw last season we are still not ready to win it. That's what I feel.

"That doesn't mean we are not going to try but to win this competition it's not enough just to have desire, or wanting to win. You have to have many circumstances, have experience and still we don't have enough in some moments."

Guardiola is well aware of what it takes to be successful in Europe, having guided Barcelona to two Champions League titles. He also reached three semi-finals with Bayern Munich.

In a bid to motivate the club's supporters, he added: "That's not enough that the manager wants to win it, it's not just the players. You have to have the desire - the club, chairman, owner, the fans, everyone has to push to be closer, to achieve the next stages. When it happens, everyone will feel it.

"It's one important thing to win this kind of title, you have to be pushed, not just by the manager, by everyone surrounding Manchester City that we have to win it. And still we don't have that feeling - the feeling that the fans are pushing that we have to win the Champions League."


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