Champions League: What Guardiola said about Barcelona ahead of Basel clash


Manchester City are on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League quarter-final, but Pep Guardiola has said they cannot be considered to be on the level of Barcelona.

City lead 4-0 after their first leg away victory in Basel and will almost certainly progress into the quarter-finals for the second time ever.

“[Barcelona] won a lot in the past, we are new.

“We are new here, we won now one title but it is not worth comparing.

“It is not good for comparing with that team because they dominated for the last decade, with different managers, different players, every season.

“We won just the first title. To think about joining these kind of teams you have to be there for many years and we won just one title.

“We are almost in the quarterfinals, we are almost champions of the Premier League but we are not in the quarterfinals we are not champions.

“That is why we have to be calm. That is the best advice I can give to my players.

“In terms of the Champions League it’s a dream for all the players to be there. But it will be just second time in the whole history to be in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

“Talking about favourites to win it, it’s an honour [to be there] because we don’t have a legacy.

“If what happened in Wigan after 44 minutes, [Fabian Delph’s] red card you don’t win the Champions League. Sometimes it’s not about how you play,” Guardiola told a news conference ahead of the second leg.


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