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MetiNews.Com - Manchester City manager has challenged the narrative that the Champions League is his - and the club's - priority.
Breaking News ! The excitement among Manchester City fans at reaching the club’s first Champions League final is palpable - tempered only by the unholy mess surrounding the announcement on Friday. But manager Pep Guardiola claims his top priority, and his squad’s biggest achievement, has already been achieved, with the triumph in the Premier League. The Blues clinched their third title win in four years last week, when their only remaining contenders Manchester United lost to Leicester. And they celebrated it with a thrilling 4-3 win at Newcastle on Friday night, the first of three matches before the climax of the season, against Chelsea at the Estadio Do Dragao in Porto on May 29. The narrative for the last decade has always been that Sheikh Mansour bought City with the aim of turning them into an English, and then European superpower. That has been achieved, but while the world thinks the Champions League is the Holy Grail for City, privately, the club’s top brass has always stressed the fact that the Premier League comes first. Whether that has been a ploy to ease the pressure on successive managers, or a genuine appreciation that the domestic league allows weekly exposure to a worldwide audience, as well as being the only way to secure access to the riches of Champions League qualification, only they know. In commercial and fanbase terms, winning the Champions League would boost City to the next level. Read More Related Articles Man City winger Jayden Braaf confirms surgery to end Udinese loan Read More Related Articles What Man City players must do for Pep Guardiola to earn Champions League final starting XI spot Guardiola himself admits that the spotlight since he joined City nearly five years ago has been on whether he will win the Champions League with the Blues. He dominated domestic football in Germany with Bayern Munich but did not win the top European prize after winning it twice in his four seasons at Barcelona. A second narrative has arisen from that, which claims Guardiola is desperate to prove that his successes at Barcelona were not simply down to having a supremely talented squad led by the incomparable Lionel Messi. Guardiola has dismissed that notion, and has always been open about the fact that he could not have achieved what he has without having expensive squads at his disposal. But the Catalan says that for him, the chief aim of this campaign has already been met, and that building a dynasty by winning top honours regularly is key to the development of the club..The City boss has always fielded strong teams in all competitions, which explains the Blues’ domination of the Carabao Cup, won for four years on the bounce. Fernandinho lifts the Carabao Cup as skipper - he could also be hoisting the Premier League and Champions League trophies this month “I'm not going to gamble for one cup,” said Guardiola, when asked about the Champions League. “You can compete in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Champions League when you are on a good run in the league.
. This means more than winning one situation. “We want to compete and try to win the Champions League, and next season again. “These guys are huge competitors and they want to do it but i admire the human beings waking up every day and doing the best job they can do. Wake up and do your best. After, you can win or lose and the Premier League means this. It is the Premier League every day. “Newcastle away is so tough, and we win. Crystal Palace away... win. Anfield away, and win. “That is why as a manager I give a lot of credit to the players. When they arrive to be the best team in Europe of course we want to do it but for me it is more important to be fighting for ten months than six games. “I always thought this even when we won, in Barcelona, the Champions League two times.”
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