A new Champions begins, and in it it is impossible to dissociate a team of Pep Guardiola of the great group of favorites. its Manchester City, finalist last year, it opens this Wednesday receiving the RB Leipzig, in one of the toughest groups in the competition.
The Catalan coach spoke in the preview about the candidacy of his team: “Every year they ask me. I don’t know if we are favorites. Yes I know that last year we took a big step forward & rdquor ;.
Aware that part of the public opinion judges him for his European performance, Guardiola does not want to look beyond Wednesday’s game: “If we win the Champions League, I will be delighted by this club. If we don’t win it, then we don’t win it. Then you can judge my time at City. I just try to do my best every day & rdquor ;.
Pep spoke about the final they lost last year against him Chelsea, and also about Dani Olmo, star of the German team that they face this Wednesday and future of Barça. These were the most outstanding phrases of Guardiola in the press room.
Champions in the Champions?
“Every season when we start in the Champions League they ask me if we are favorites & mldr; and I can’t answer this question. I do not know who they are. The Champions League is unpredictable and there are many good teams. It’s very different from when I started coaching Barcelona & rdquor;
“The group stage is very tough. Leipzig have always proven to be difficult. We have seen it in their idea of a club, the philosophy of the Red Bull group, their commitment to young people, very dynamic footballers who play tight & mldr; Step by Step. Tomorrow we have Leipzig and we want to start well & rdquor;
The final of last year
“I am very happy here. Last year we took a big step forward, we improved a lot. We played 13 Champions League games and won 11 & rdquor;
“People can tell us that we failed, but it was an incredible achievement. We played a lot of fantastic matches and lost the final by a goal against a great rival. Now we start over, and we all want to win & rdquor;
Compliments to Dani Olmo
“He grew up in La Masia, something you can tell. Then he decided to go to Zagreb, a decision that requires personality and courage. He grew up a lot there, and in Leipzig he has established himself as one of the best teams in Germany & rdquor;
“Now he is a regular in the Spanish team, and this is not easy at all. He has played really well. What happens in the future will be up to him, his agents and the & rdquor;
Forced to win the Champions League?
“Every year is the same. I accept it. If we win it, I will be delighted by this club. If we don’t win it, then we don’t win it. Then you can judge my time at City. I just try to do my best every day, winning or not & rdquor;