Should the Sky Blues fail to secure a Champions League trophy, Guardiola believes people will brand them as ‘failures.’
Can Man City reach the same heights in Europe as they do in England?
The owners of Manchester City have poured in millions into the club since taking over in 2008, in
efforts of making it a side challenging for the biggest trophies year in and year out.
Since the Abu Dhabi United Group’s takeover a decade ago, the Sky Blues have won the Premier
League three times (2011/12, 2013/14 and 2017/18) and have won other accolades a few more
times. But the biggest trophy in club football – the Champions League title – has eluded them so far.
But with former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola in their side, Manchester City
are thought of as the top dogs for the prize in Europe’s elite competition, per football betting sites in
UK. However, the Catalan boss fears that people will give them the ‘failures’ tag if they don’t win the
Champions League this campaign, despite being the most fearsome side in England.
“For the people who don’t love us too much, who use money as an argument, then we have failed if
we don’t win the Champions League,” lamented Guardiola.
“For the other people, especially our fans, the people who say, ‘OK, we enjoy watching our games,
we are happy with what the guys are doing,’ I am pretty sure they don’t have regrets about what
these guys are doing for the last 12, 14, 15 months every three days. That is the best compliment,
the best success a team can have.”
The Centurions remain unstoppable
Manchester City are one of the main favourites to win the Champions League, along with the
competition’s regulars Real Madrid – a side that’s lifted the trophy on four occasions out of the last
five years – and Guardiola’s former side Barcelona.
But on top of that, the Sky Blues are heavy favourites to retain the Premier League title this
campaign and make it back-to-back titles – a feat that hasn’t been done in the English top flight since
Man United’s run of three straight Premier League titles between 2007 and 2009.
After 13 rounds in the Premier League, Guardiola’s men are in firm control of the top spot with 35
points, thanks to 11 victories and only 2 draws. They haven’t lost a single game yet, which begs the
question whether they’ll be able to match Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ that went a whole season back in
2003/04 unbeaten. So it’s no surprise that football betting sites in UK are vying for them to seal
Manchester City wrote history last season when they won the league with a staggering 100 points,
thus subsequently being dubbed the ‘Centurions.’ Additionally, they also broke countless other
records in the course of the remarkable 2017/18 season, including: most victories (32), most games
won away from home (16), most goals scored (106), most consecutive wins (18), biggest goal difference (+79), most passes in a single match (903), least minutes behind in games (153 minutes)
and the largest winning points margin (19).
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