March 13, 2023
Four League titles, four EFL Cups, two Community Shields and an FA Cup are the 11 trophies Manchester City have collected under Pep Guardiola, but a first Champions League trophy is still a challenge for this great, free-flowing side. the team.
Apart from losing to Chelsea in the 2021 final, City have only reached the semi-finals twice under Guardiola, with Real breaking their hearts in a stunning comeback at the Bernabeu last year.
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And to have a manager who has already won the trophy twice with the brilliant Barcelona, surely he would want to do the same with the sensational City.
“It is a public opinion. That doesn’t mean I agree with it, but I will definitely be judged on it. The first day I came here, in the first Champions League game, sitting here for the first time, people said I’m here to win the Champions League. I said “what?” “Staying alive for the last two and a half months, extending our stay in the competition and being close to Arsenal will be good.”
But when you consistently win every trophy other than the world’s best club competition, surely the fans will want the biggest of them all.
City are held to a 1-1 draw in their last 16 tie with RB Leipzig and they will be aiming for a fifth consecutive quarter-final, their sixth overall.
And star man Kevin De Bruyne is determined to be part of that dream.
“I know people base everything on just winning, but I feel there have been a lot of circumstances in games like this – the Madrid game, the Tottenham game – where we deserved to go through but didn’t. These are moments in games where things like this happen. “Obviously, I want to win, but I know that until we do, I’m going to come here and get the same questions, and I’m fine because people judge you on that.
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And for a player of his quality, it is surely time for a dream to come true.
FA Cup and Premier League walls?
But apart from facing Leipzig, Gudiola’s side are still in contention to win two more trophies this season as they face Burnley in the FA Cup and try to chase down Arsenal for the League title.
Sometimes when you’ve won almost everything there is in football as a club, the last few titles can take a lot of hard work to get over the line as you’re competing with many of Europe’s top clubs who are also involved. chance to win it, and when a team competes in multiple competitions in a season, that can be difficult
Take Rory McIlroy for example, the Northern Irishman has won almost every major golf tournament but the US Masters always beats him and you can see the same happening with City and the Champions League.
And it’s because of the pressure of trying to be the greatest team in the world, people say that the greatest teams have to win everything to be considered the greatest of all time, and yet they forget how hard it is to do that.
Currently five points adrift of Arsenal with an FA Cup quarter-final against Burnley on Saturday, City still have more silverware on their hands this season, but winning their biggest trophy remains uncertain.
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