Pep Guardiola, Manchester City Coach, Downplays Significance of Sole Champions League Title
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has downplayed the significance of winning just one Champions League title, stating that it is not an extraordinary achievement. Guardiola’s team, who are currently unbeaten in the Premier League this season, will begin their title defense against former champions Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.
While acknowledging that winning the Champions League is incredible for the club, Guardiola pointed out that many teams have won the competition just once, whereas only a few have managed to win it multiple times. He emphasized that their current success does not set them apart, but rather they are proud to be part of the club’s history.
Real Madrid leads the pack with 14 Champions League titles, followed by AC Milan with seven. Liverpool and Bayern Munich have each won the competition six times. Guardiola believes that defending the trophy could be easier for his team than winning it for the first time since they have now overcome the years of near-misses.
Guardiola dismissed any thoughts about the final being held at Wembley and stressed the importance of focusing on each stage of the competition. He acknowledged that reaching the final is a long process and their immediate goal is to win the upcoming match against the strong and fast Red Star Belgrade team.
Defender Kyle Walker, who recently extended his contract with the club, expressed that the hunger for success is still prevalent within the team, both among the players and the manager. Guardiola’s ambition to win more and refusal to settle for second place drive the team to follow his lead.
Unfortunately, City will be without the services of John Stones, Jack Grealish, and Mateo Kovacic in the match against Red Star Belgrade. Red Star Belgrade, the European champions in 1991, pose a formidable challenge for City.
Overall, Pep Guardiola believes that winning just one Champions League title is not an exceptional feat, but it fuels their determination to achieve more success in the future.