Josep Guardiola once again emphasized the importance of the Champions League. The Spanish manager, who has been champion for the last two years with Manchester City, knows that he must win the million dollar ball to make his period with "The Citizens" a definitive success.
"Last season was extraordinary for us. But I keep hearing people say we didn't win the Champions League," 49-year-old Guardiola told English media in the run-up to Sunday's squatter against Tottenham Hotspur.
"I am judged by the outside world. That means that people say that I have failed at Manchester City if I leave here without a Champions League win. I realize that very well."
Winning the Champions League has been on Manchester City's priority list for some time, but under Guardiola the Premier League club has not been very successful in the main club tournament. City did not get any further than the last eight in the past three seasons.
"We are not only judged by our playing style"
After AS Monaco (eighth finals in the 2016/2017 season) and Liverpool (quarterfinals in 2017/2018), Tottenham Hotspur proved too strong for City in the quarterfinals over two games last season.
"We are of course not only judged by our playing style, but by the prizes we win. It's that simple," said Guardiola, who won the Champions League twice with FC Barcelona (2008/2009 and 2010/2011).
"But I still enjoy working with these players and they win a lot of duels. The way we attract matches to us is going to help us win prizes. We believe in that."
This season, City is more than ever focused on winning the Champions League, as the league title seems to go to the unbeaten leader Liverpool. The Guardiola team will face Real Madrid in the eighth finals.