Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said his time at the club “will not be complete” if they fail to win the Champions League.
Guardiola He extended his contract With City until 2025 while the Premier League season was approaching the World Cup finals.
City have won nine major trophies since becoming manager in 2016 but they are yet to win any European trophies.
They came close to winning the Champions League in 2021, but they were Chelsea defeated him in the final.
Apart from the final defeat in Portugal, they lost to Real Madrid in the semi-finals last season, were knocked out in the quarter-finals three times and Guardiola’s tenure began with a last-16 defeat to Monaco.
“It’s not the only one, but I admit it’s the trophy we want and my time here won’t be complete if we don’t win it,” Guardiola said.
“I’ll do everything for the time we have together, but I’ll say the same thing before. It’s the trophy we don’t have and we’ll try to take it. I have a feeling they’ll get it sooner or later.”
City were drawn against German team RB Leipzig in the round of sixteen this season.
City aims this season to become only the fifth club to win the English title in three consecutive seasons, and on Thursday it will host Liverpool in the fourth round of the European Football League Cup.
Guardiola won this trophy on four occasions, putting him on par with Brian Clough, Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho as the most successful coach in the history of the tournament.
However, City is being held back because they had 16 players in the World Cup.
Nathan Ake, Manuel Akanji and Spain duo Rodri and Aymeric Laporte returned to training earlier this week and will join Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Erling Haaland and Riyad Mahrez as the top players available to face the Reds.
“They came back step by step,” Guardiola said. “We are glad they are back.
“I have the feeling that those who went to the World Cup are in better shape than the players who didn’t because the players who didn’t go lacked rhythm.”
Guardiola paid tribute to 22-year-old striker Julian Alvarez who was one of Argentina’s leading stars during his tenure with the Argentina national team. World Cup victory in Qatar This month.
He also paid tribute to Lionel Messi, with whom he achieved great success at Barcelona, and former City defender Nicolas Otamendi.
“We are delighted for Julien, he played a lot and his contribution to the team has been fantastic,” said the City boss.
“We have a world champion in our squad. We are very happy for him. Congratulations to him and Otamendi, and personally to Messi. To Argentina, well deserved.”
‘support your team’
Manchester City and Liverpool chief executives Ferran Soriano and Billy Hogan wrote to both groups of fans ahead of the clash, urging calm after a series of clashes over matches between the two clubs in recent seasons.
At Anfield in October, City had their manager’s windshield smashed, while their fans sang of the tragedies that had affected Liverpool so hard.
Guardiola echoed that message, saying he wanted the fans to focus on the game.
“Be supportive and support your team unconditionally,” he said. “With quality players on both sides, enjoy the game.”
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