Wednesday 13 December 2017

"We don’t have the history" - Guardiola admits City are not respected in Europe

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has served up another set of inflammatory comments after claiming his club will take ten years to match elite rivals such as Manchester United.

After a reporter close to Guardiola claimed the former Barcelona boss had told him that he views City as a 'second tier club', his latest comments add fuel to the suspicion that he is not convinced by the potential of the club he joined last summer.

Guardiola's grumpy interviews following City's win against Burnley on Monday captured plenty of headlines and now his latest comments are set to cause a fresh stir.

“We don’t have the history with this shirt, of Barcelona, Juventus, Munich or Manchester United. Not their titles," Guardiola is quoted in the Daily Mirror.

“It’s about being in Europe and over the next decade to be there (in the Champions League) every year. That’s more important to this club than winning one title, believe me, more than that.

“We have to convince people at this amazing club that they are good. They are good. And the fans as well.

"They have to believe they are good, the club is good, the players are good.”

In an interview with American TV network NBC, Guardiola went on to discuss his reasons for coming to City and stressed he was keen to test himself in the Premier League.

“I decided to prove myself. And for my family, to move on from our comfort zone," he added.

"That is why I chose Manchester – to prove myself and have a new challenge. If people think; 'Pep’s here; City will win'. No, that's not something you can switch on or off.

"You need many, many other things to change and we are in the process of doing that.

"It's crazy to think I will transform everything. I came to learn. That’s why I move on. I came to learn. If I didn’t feel like that I’d still be in Barcelona."

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