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Pep Guardiola 'doesn't feel pressure' to win the Champions League at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola could win his third Champions League title as manager when Manchester City play Chelsea on Saturday, having won two titles with FC Barcelona almost a decade earlier

Pep guardiola ahead of the Champions League final; Credit: Twitter/@ManCity
By Sreejith C R | May 28, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Pep Guardiola, is aiming to win his third Champions League title when Manchester City take on Chelsea in the final. The 50-year-old coach revealed that he is under no pressure at Manchester City to win Europe’s elite competition. Pep Guardiola has admitted the situation would not have been possible at Manchester United or Liverpool. The Catalan coach has won the competition previously with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011. Guardiola joined the English side in 2016 but faltered in the knockout stages of Champions League. Monaco, Tottenham, Liverpool and Lyon got the better of City in the previous seasons.

This season, Manchester City defeated last year’s finalist’s PSG 4-1 (aggregate) in the semi-finals to book a ticket to Porto. On the other hand Chelsea overcame Real Madrid to reach their second Champions League final. The Blues had won the title back in 2012. Pep’s side has already won the Premier League and League Cup this season and is aiming for a treble.

In an interview with Rio Ferdinand on BT Sport, he said: “I didn’t come here because the club said ‘you have to win the Champions League’. If I went to United, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid, you’d always hear ‘you have to win the Champions League’. I do not feel that pressure here. The only pressure I feel here? To play your team like the way why you took over.

Pep Guardiola’s legacy

It was during Pep Guardiola’s time at Barcelona that the world witnessed the dominance of the tiki-taka style. Meanwhile, on May 29th he could go down into history books alongside Carlo Ancelotti, Zinedine Zidane and Bob Parsley for most Champions League title’s won.

“You took over to play a certain way, you have to do everything this way.”

When asked if the Blues have the advantage over them as a result, Guardiola said: “Absolutely nothing – zero.

“I know how we prepare for this final. The reason why we came just two days after qualifying through the Dortmund game. But, it’s a new game, we’ll face them Saturday and see what happens.”



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