Manchester City play favourites to win the Champions League

Pep Guardiola

 

Pep Guardiola appreciates the vote of confidence Manchester City are receiving as they are the favourites to win the Champions League. However, the City boss reminds his team that they have not achieved anything yet.

City are currently unbeaten in 18 matches in all competition this season and are holding an eight-point lead atop the Premier League and having already qualified for the last 16 in the Champions League.

Guardiola admits that it was nice for his side to be placed among Europe’s elite, but they still have plenty of work to do.

“For Manchester City, a team that still needs a history in Europe, that is a big win,” the Spaniard said.

“That doesn’t mean we are favourites to win the Champions League, but it’s nice.

“It means we are doing some things very well. But obviously, people usually say the favourite teams are FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and others.

“People putting us there is a big honour but that does not mean we have done anything because we haven’t. Manchester City still have a big history to build in Europe.”

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach thinks that his team will still be tested as they still have 12 matches before the year ends.

Pep Guardiola

 

“We don’t have a big squad. It is a big pity we lost a month and a half of Vincent Kompany and now John Stones,” Guardiola said.

“To win the titles we need all the squad, especially important players like John and Vinny.

“On the other side, we have an opportunity. We have to play 12 games in a short space of time with only three central defenders and one of them is a risk in Vincent, [who is] only just back.”

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