Pep Guardiola: Premier League is the most important competition

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester City v Everton - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - May 23, 2021 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates with the trophy after winning the Premier League Pool via REUTERS/Dave Thompson/File Photo

Pep Guardiola believes winning the Premier League is more important than winning the Champions League as his Manchester City side look to reclaim their crown with a victory over Chelsea at the Etihad on Sunday.

Speaking after his side booked their place in the Champions League final with an emphatic 4-0 second-leg win over Real Madrid on Wednesday, Guardiola said,”It’s non-stop playing after the Real Madrid game.

“[But,] the most difficult thing [is coming]. Tennis players say [serving] to win Wimbledon is the most difficult one. On Sunday, the game is in our hands.

“The Premier League is the most important competition, because it’s over 10-11 months. We are lucky to finish at home with our people to take it.


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“The last one is the most difficult because there are a lot of emotions. We would not forgive ourselves if we became distracted.

Now, we know, we have three games to win the title. Every game we win helps the next one.

“We cannot forget reality, what happened against (Manchester) United and (Aston) Villa in the past. Football is emotion, in the moment. If we can win at home, we have to do it.

“As a manager, I feel part of something. I never think it belongs to me – I’m part of it. [Success is not possible] without the incredible work from the sporting director, board… [and] the players are the most important thing.”