Man City coach Pep Guardiola has insisted that the Premier League is more important than the Champions League. He also believes that had Neymar stayed at Barcelona, that side could have won more titles in Europe. Man City is fresh from winning the Carabao cup against Spurs at Wembley. They are also two wins away from winning the Premier League for the third time in four years.
Despite their domination at the domestic level in recent years, they have never reached the final of the Champions League in their history. They have reached the semi-final just once before in 2015-16 under the leadership of Manuel Pellegrini.
Man City coach Pep Guardiola has never reached the final of the Champions League after leaving Barcelona. He insists that reaching the final is not a priority. Guardiola has always said that domestic glory should always be at the forefront.
“I don’t want to win tomorrow, I don’t want to go to a final. The dream is to be ourselves,” Guardiola said. “We know we are going to suffer in both games and they are going to have chances. Everyone knows the quality they have. But in the semi-finals of the Champions League, what do you expect? But at the same time are we going to spend 90 minutes thinking about this player or that player? You have to enjoy the pressure and the situation.”
“We are not in the elite of this competition, but we want to be there for sure. The owners, when they took over, wanted to take us there in England first, and we are lucky to live where we are now,” he added. I am incredibly happy to travel to Paris with this club to try and win and then to Crystal Palace to try and win one of the two games that we need to win the title.”
Neymar is a major worry for Guardiola. He revealed that if Neymar had stayed on at Barcelona, they would have won more trophies. “I remember watching clips of Neymar and thinking this is the king of Santos [Neymar’s first club in Brazil],” Guardiola added. “The players had their mouths open. If Neymar had stayed at Barcelona, they would have won two or three Champions League more. Him, [Lionel] Messi, and [Luis] Suarez were the best up front. He makes football a pleasure.