City reached their maiden Champions League final against Chelsea at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon last season. Unfortunately, the game ended bitterly for City, who lost 1-0 to Chelsea thanks to Kai Havertz’s goal.
City also failed to lift their first trophy at the event while continuing the quip about champion status at home. The reason is that since being held by Sheikh Mansour, City can only triumph in domestic competitions.
Even in the Pep Guardiola era that began in 2016, City could only reach the semi-finals last year. This is certainly not worth the large investment that management has made in the player sector.
Also, Guardiola has the experience of leading Barcelona to the Champions League twice. The rice had turned to mush and City didn’t want to mourn the failure too long.
Because City are yet to fight for the trophy this season and they are already in the last 16 with Sporting CP as their opponents next month. It’s clear that City will rise better if you look at the quality of the squad.
But that doesn’t mean City want to settle down, as the Champions League often offers surprises. They just want to focus on finishing the last 16 games before thinking about the title.
“I think the Champions League is as important as any other competition,” said the Man City defender Ruben Tage as quoted The National.
“Of course, the Champions League is our main goal and everyone knows that. But as a club and given the squad we have, we want to sweep everything clean. We want to win as many trophies as possible.”
“The Champions League is a big challenge. It takes a lot to win the Champions League. It’s not an easy competition, but we’ll definitely do our best and keep going every year.”
“We know we have to go step by step. If you think too far, you can get stuck. We focus on the next phase. We will strengthen the mentality of the players,” concluded Dias.
(mrp / then)