Manchester City

Pep Guardiola insists that winning the Champions League is not an obsession

Craig Vickers
Guardiola is yet to win the Champions League with Man City
Guardiola is yet to win the Champions League with Man City / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages
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Pep Guardiola insists that winning the Champions League with Manchester City is not an 'obsession' ahead of the new season.

The City manager is yet to the deliver a European crown to Manchester after winning the competition twice as Barcelona manager.

However, Guardiola has played down the notion that he is singularly focused on securing Champions League glory as he enters his seventh season in charge of Man City.

"My life doesn't depend [on the Champions League]. I'd like to do it, everyone tries to do it," said Guardiola.

"It's not an obsession. To improve the team and play better. This is the main thing for me. The only thing I'm here for is to make the team play better, and the players individually to play better.

"Everyone knows the titles are there but I'm not thinking what will happen in 11 months if we win or lose...this is the thing.

"If we win it will be genius, if we don't we will be failures. Nothing is going to change."

City narrowly missed out on a first Champions League trophy in 2021 after a 1-0 defeat in the final in Porto to Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea side.

Guardiola's side suffered a collapse in the semi-finals of the competition last season, conceding twice in injury time to Real Madrid in the return leg to force extra-time. Karim Benzema's spot-kick secured a 3-1 victory on the evening for the La Liga outfit following a 4-3 first leg defeat in Manchester.


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