Pep Guardiola on the importance of the Champions League trophy

"Everyone in the world says that without the Champions League it’s not the same, so we have to accept it"

by Sead Dedovic
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Pep Guardiola on the importance of the Champions League trophy

Pep Guardiola will have a tough challenge tonight, but also the best chance so far to lift the Champions League trophy. Their opponent in the final will be Inter Milan. Manchester City is the absolute favorite in this match, but the role of favorite sometimes means nothing.

In an interview with BT Sport, the Spanish expert talked about the importance of this trophy. He did not want to downplay previously won trophies, but he is aware that the Champions League trophy is not special. “We have to admit it.

For me it’s a little bit unfair, [not] to give credit to everything [we’ve won], [saying] ‘you have to win the Champions League’. But at the end we have to be honest, everyone in the world says that without the Champions League it’s not the same, so we have to accept it."- Guardiola said, as quoted by eurosport.com Manchester City won the Premier League, the FA Cup, and if they win the Champions League, they will be the first club since 1999 when Manchester United managed to win those three trophies.

”I think when you win the Premier League, it looks like ‘OK, it’s done’. But when you have all the cards on the table and you miss one, it’s what you have to do [win them all]”.

Rio Ferdinand talks about Pep Guardiola kissing his medal

Rio Ferdinand was interested in why Guardiola kissed the medal when he lost in the final against Chelsea a couple of years ago.

“We were the second best team in all of Europe,” he said. “What’s the problem? We are sad? I have everything [all my medals], of course. We want to win it, but I’m not going to say to my kids, they make absolutely everything, they don’t have the results in this aspect, I’m [not] going to tell them ‘you’re a disaster, you’re a failure’.

I’m not going to do that to my kids.
The same I’m going to say to my players. I’m not like that. When we do all the process and during the process I don’t see effort, we are not humble enough, we are arrogant in the way we played, and after that, that is a bigger failure.
But when you’re in the final of the Champions League, of course you want to win it and if we don’t achieve it, we will be disappointed, but I will not say to the players after the end of the season it was bad”.

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