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Pep Guardiola insists Champions League success is not the be-all and end-all for Man City after their dramatic midweek exit to Real Madrid.
The Premier League champions were dumped out of the Champions League by Los Blancos despite having a 5-3 aggregate lead in the 90th minute of the second leg.
City’s quest for their first European Cup goes on, with Guardiola saying football is too “unpredictable” to say whether or not his side have it in them to win Europe’s elite competition.
Asked if his group of players can win the Champions League, the Spaniard responded (via Manchester Evening News): “I don’t know. It’s a question I cannot answer. Sometimes you ask questions, football is unpredictable.
“Sheikh Mansour didn’t buy this club and invest in the facilities to live these last years to just win the Champions League. They did it to be there in all competitions and compete.
“The Champions League is the beginning and the end, we want to do it. Nobody knows if we can. We have to be there in all competitions. It’s an honour for us, the people don’t appreciate what this club does. For me its incredibly remarkable to be in the Champions League semi-finals again, making steps to be better and compete against an established team home and away. We were close, not close enough, Madrid deserve it.
“The people say if this group of players or Guardiola don’t win a title they’re failures, I completely disagree. We know how difficult everything is. You can do or say whatever. But the club and feeling we have, we try to do it.
“We accept everyone was sad, we were close. It was the players, they wanted to play the final, but this club to compete against Real the way we did is a joy. One week ago how close we were to making one more, we couldn’t do it, okay. We give credit to what they are. I say congratulations to Liverpool and Madrid, they deserve it. Next season we try, if it doesn’t work we try again. In the Carabao Cup we want to go further next season.
“This club is great, all the clubs in Europe are always there, the last years we are there. Sometimes not possible, sometimes you do everything and don’t achieve it, what is the problem? Next day, try to do it, good moments take credit, bad moments more sad than usual, next day try to do it. This club is good for this.
“I’d love to win the Champions League and be in the final but we have to be better from what happened in Madrid.”
When asked what he told his players after the defeat against Carlo Ancelotti’s side, Guardiola replied: “Nothing. No words can help to feel what we all feel. Just time, sleep as best as possible and think of the next target.
“Tomorrow is the next day we’re together, we’ll talk who we are as a team, what we’ve done to get to semi-finals of Champions League, how good we have been in these two games and the whole season. Of the moments I’m manager these are the moments I’m most proud to be here.
“I’m not thinking about the (Premier League) title, I’m thinking about Newcastle, focus on the team and Eddie Howe. After, this is what is in my mind. Not necessary to think just in case, we achieve what it is.”
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