Talking about Manchester City’s loss in last season’s Champions League final, Pep Guardiola insists his side did “incredibly well” to achieve the showpiece of the competition.
City will face RB Leipzig in the Champions League group stage kick-off tomorrow night as the Premier League champions try to improve on last season’s agonizing loss to Chelsea in the tournament’s playoff.
Guardiola’s record in competition has been challenged in recent seasons despite national successes. Moving into the final last season seemed like a breakthrough before losing to Chelsea in Porto.
Ahead of this year’s competition, the Spaniard opened up last season’s near-miss result and refuted suggestions that his team “failed” after missing out on their first European title.
Guardiola praised his team’s performance in reaching the finals, but warned that last season’s performances count for nothing before Leipzig’s visit to Etihad.
“The Champions League has 13 games,” he said at his pre-game press conference.
“Last year we won 11 games and lost one. People said we failed. I think we did incredibly well.
“If we did really well last season, there is no guarantee that we will do well this season. The first is to win tomorrow.
“We lost the final to a good competitor. We’ll try again, but every team wants to win.
“We have to prepare well for the game and continue the rhythm of the last few games. We were at a high level and we have to continue that. “
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