City are ‘decades’ be­hind the best, warns Pep

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Madrid, Barcelona, Bay­ern Mu­nich, Ju­ven­tus.

“Atletico Madrid made that step but even they could not win the Cham­pi­ons League even though they de­served to.”

De­spite his mis­giv­ings about City’s chances against the top clubs in Europe next sea­son, the man­ager was re­lieved to have se­cured third place in the Premier League and so avoided a qual­i­fy­ing round.

“It was in our hands, not de­pend­ing on any­thing, and Wat­ford had trou­ble in de­fence, a lot of in­juries, but al­ways when you play for some­thing on the last week­end of the sea­son it is com­pli­cated, there is al­ways pres­sure, there is no sec­ond chance,” said Guardi­ola.

“But we showed many good things and we are so happy,” added the man­ager whose ini­tial cam­paign in Eng­land ended with­out a tro­phy.

Guardi­ola said his first sea­son in the Premier League, “was what I ex­pected.”

“Big, big teams, we knew it wouldn’t be easy. Know­ing Chelsea play one game a week, how strong they are. Tot­ten­ham were sec­ond and one of the best teams of the world play­ing foot­ball.

“The gap is like this, we were not good enough but we want to play bet­ter next sea­son to re­duce that gap and fight to the end.” AFP

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