Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted that winning the Champions League would ‘complete’ his tenure at the Etihad, with the Cityzens only missing the European Cup to crown their recent domination at domestic level.
Guardiola, who joined the Manchester outfit in 2016, has won nine major trophies and two Community Shields during his time at the Etihad Stadium, including four of the last five Premier League titles.
The Champions League, however, remains unconquered. They reached the final in 2021, only to be beaten by Chelsea, while they fell to a semi-final defeat to Real Madrid in the semi-finals last season.
51-year-old Guardiola was due to be out of contract in 2023, but has since confirmed that he will be staying on beyond that, penning a new contract to keep him at Manchester City until 2025.
And, ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool, the Spaniard re-affirmed the importance of the Champions League to both him personally and the club.
“It’s not the only one but I admit it’s the trophy we want and my period here will not be complete if we don’t win it,” said Guardiola.
“I will do everything in the time we have together but I’d say the same before. It’s the trophy we don’t have and we’ll try to do it. I have the feeling they’ll get it sooner or later.”
His City side have been drawn against German side RB Leipzig in the last 16 of this season’s competition, and with the addition of Erling Haaland are once again considered among the favourites to lift the trophy come the end of May. Meanwhile, they sit five points behind Arsenal in the Premier League as they look for their third successive Premier League title.