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Manchester City: Despite nine major trophies, no Champions League success

Manchester City have lifted nine major trophies with no Champions League title under manager Pep Guardiola since 2016.


The manager says his time at the club will “absolutely” be judged on whether he leads the club to a first Champions League title.

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However, he “doesn’t agree” with it.

The 52-year-old Spaniard on if his will your spell be defined by success in Europe’s premier cup competition.

“It doesn’t mean I agree with it but, absolutely, I’ll be judged on that,” said the 52-year-old Spaniard.

“Before my first game in the Champions League [with City], people said I was here to win it.

“I said ‘what?’ I don’t know, but I accept it. As much as I go through, it’s not going to change.”

On Tuesday City face RB Leipzig at home to secure a place in this season’s Champions League quarter-finals if they win their last-16 second leg.

Remember City played the 2021 Champions League final against Chelsea and lost1-0.

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Last season they were prevented to play the finals when they lost to Real Madrid.

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It is so unlucky for Guardiola because in his first four seasons at Etihad Stadium he has failed to progress past the quarter-finals. However, the Manager had his best moments winning the Champions League twice as Barcelona coach.

Guardiola has signed a two-year contract extension to 2025 and said he wanted “to stay and continue fighting for trophies”.

“We’ve not won it but we’ve done really well in the Champions League,” said City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.

“I know people base everything on only winning but I feel there’s been a lot of circumstances in these kind of games – the Madrid game, the Tottenham game where we deserved to go through but didn’t. These are moments in games where these things happen.

“Obviously I want to win it but I know that, as long as we don’t, I’ll come here and get the same questions and I’m fine because people judge you on that.

“We just try to win these games and be the best people and team we can be.”

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De Bruyne has registered 17 assists in 34 appearances this season, three more than the two-time Premier League player of the season managed in 45 games last term.

Guardiola on De Bruyne:

“It’s been a difficult season for all of us, me included, [because of] the World Cup and many things,” said Guardiola.

“I’m not going to discover Kevin. Kevin has an ability to do it. What I’d like – I spoke many times to him – is [for him] to go to the easy principles and do it well.

“He has an incredible ability to make an assist, to score goals and see passes like no-one else, but I always have belief they will increase and will get better when [players do] the simple things…

“When the simple things are done perfectly and we are in the right moment, the actions to create incredible passes that he – only he – can find, it will be easier, it will be better.”

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