Pep Guardiola has said his career at Manchester City “will not be complete” if they fail to win the Champions League

‘My period here wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t win it’: Man City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted the Champions League is ‘the trophy we want’ after six failed attempts…but insists ‘it’s not the only reason’. Knot

Pep Guardiola has admitted that his spell at Manchester City would not be complete without lifting the Champions League.

City reached the final once, with a defeat in the semi-finals and three exits in the quarter-finals, and the Catalan suggested that his legacy would be measured by his results in the first European tournament.

It is the first time that Guardiola – who penned a two-year contract extension during the World Cup – has opened up his own prospects on the continent.

Pep Guardiola has claimed he needs a Champions League title to “complete” his spell at Manchester City

Guardiola followed his team's elimination in the semi-finals of the competition in May

Guardiola followed his team’s elimination in the semi-finals of the competition in May

“I admit that this is the trophy we want and my time here will not be complete if we don’t win it,” Guardiola said.

But that’s not the only reason I extended. I will do everything for the club. Of course this is the trophy we don’t have and we will try to achieve it.

I have a feeling they’ll have it sooner or later, we’ve tried in the past. We will try with all our might.

It’s hard for me to refuse the club. I don’t have enough words to express my incredible gratitude to this club.

City will face RB Leipzig when the Champions League returns in the last 16 in February, but they have a host of tough domestic matches to navigate beforehand.

The Spaniard is hoping his team can beat RB Leipzig in the Champions League

The Spaniard is hoping his team can beat RB Leipzig in the Champions League

City also reached the final in 2021 but lost to Premier League rivals Chelsea

City also reached the final in 2021 but lost to Premier League rivals Chelsea

The Premier League champions play Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and leaders Arsenal ahead of Leipzig – and host Liverpool in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Thursday.

Guardiola urged fans to “support the team unconditionally” after both clubs threatened bad behavior with stadium bans in a bid to quell toxic competition.

While his players are slowly returning to training, Guardiola expects to miss Julian Alvarez over the festive period after Argentina’s World Cup victory.

“We are very happy for him, congratulations to him and Nico Otamendi,” added the City boss. It was due. Julian, we are happy because he played a lot and his contribution to the team was great.

Guardiola was full of praise for young striker Julian Alvarez after his World Cup performance

Guardiola was full of praise for young striker Julian Alvarez after his World Cup performance

He will have a week, 10 days off. There are many games. He will have a break. I don’t know the exact date. Maybe before the new year.

“I have the feeling that those who participated in the World Cup are in better shape than the players who were not.

“The players who didn’t go lack rhythm, the ones who come back competing and training every day. The players who didn’t play in the World Cup can get rhythm tomorrow so we have to do it with what we have.

Alvarez scored four goals for Argentina on their way to lifting the World Cup title

Alvarez scored four goals for Argentina on their way to lifting the World Cup title

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