Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted his side are far behind clubs such as FC Barcelona and Manchester United in terms of history and silverware.
City have lifted a few major domestic trophies over the past six years, but Guardiola has suggested that consistently qualifying for the UEFA Champions League is more important for the club’s growth, as only then can they consider themselves among Europe’s elite clubs.
« We don’t have the history, with this shirt, of Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich or Manchester United. Not their titles, » he said, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
« It’s about being in Europe and, over the next decade, to be there in the Champions League every year. That’s more important to this club than winning one title, believe me. More than that.
« We have to convince people at this amazing club that they are good. They are good. And the fans as well.
« They have to believe they are good, the club is good, and the players are good. »
City are currently third in the Premier League, seven points behind leaders Chelsea, who have a game in hand.