Guardiola says his time at Man City won’t be complete without Champions League win

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola has claimed that his time at the Etihad Stadium will not be considered a “complete success” if he does not win the Champions League. He said this while addressing the press ahead of Thursday’s clash with Carabao cup champions, Liverpool.

Guardiola has just signed a contract extension during the World Cup break which will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2025. He has been able to win nine domestic trophies since taking over in 2016 but has said that he has his eyes fixed on a target in his remaining two-and-a-half years at the club which is the Champions League.

“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,” Guardiola was quoted as saying in the press conference on Wednesday.” That’s not the only reason [to sign an extension]. I will do everything in our time together but I’d say the same as before. It’s the trophy we don’t have and we’ll try to do it.” He continued. 

Guardiola was speaking ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup fourth-round clash with Liverpool, which comes just four days after the World Cup final. One man who was a part of that final match – Julian Alvarez, is expected to miss the match against the Merseyside giants, as he takes a break before returning to Manchester after playing a starring role for Argentina in their march to victory.

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Erling Braut Haaland and Riyad Mahrez — who were not at the World Cup, as well as Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan who returned following early exits by their respective countries from Qatar in the group stages are expected to feature against Liverpool. Other players who went to the World Cup are expected to return this week ahead of the Premier League’s resumption, with the citizens restarting their campaign against Leeds United at Elland Road on Dec. 28.


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