Pep Guardiola doubts Manchester City’s chances of Champions League success

Pep Guardiola doubts Manchester City’s chances of Champions League success

Pep Guardiola doubts Manchester City’s chances of Champions League success

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola feels the club as a whole don’t yet have what it takes to win the Champions League.

Speaking during a surprisingly open pre-match press conference before their European tie away to Shakhtar Donetsk, Guardiola stated that the club were still missing something special that would put them over the edge.

City fans have never really bought into the Champions League ever since being involved in the competition, often booing the anthem when it is played at the Etihad Stadium and have seen their side reach the semi-finals just once since the 2011/12 season.

Speaking before they jetted off to the Ukraine, Guardiola told reporters: “We have to be pushed by everyone surrounding Manchester City that we have to win it – and we still don’t have that feeling from the fans.

“I feel we’re a really good team but you still need something special to win the Champions League and still I don’t feel it. But every year we’ll get closer and sooner or later it’s going to happen.”

It’s a revealing admission from Guardiola, who is looking to end his own drought in the competition, having last won the Champions League back in 2011 with Barcelona. Since then, he has reached the semi-finals on three occasions with Bayern Munich, before going out in the round of 16 and quarter-finals in the last two seasons with City.

They have yet to really embrace the Champions League as a club, with the atmosphere on European nights at the Etihad Stadium incomparable to that at other grounds in the country, such as Anfield and Old Trafford. Still, Guardiola insists they will be putting their all into this campaign.

“We will put every effort in this season to win the Champions League but to win this competition desire is not enough and I saw last season and, also this season, that in many ways this club are still not ready to win it.

We still don’t have enough experience in certain areas. That’s what I feel but it doesn’t mean we’re not going to try.”