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Guardiola explains why Man City are ‘not ready’ to win Champions League

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City’s lack of clinical edge shows they are ‘not ready’ to win the Champions League.

The defending Premier League champions closed the gap on league leaders Liverpool to six points with a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday, goals from Gabriel Jesus and David Silva securing a comfortable win at Selhurst Park.

Despite seeing his side dominate proceedings, Guardiola was unhappy with his side’s wastefulness in front of goal and believes their lack of a ruthless streak could prove costly in Europe this season.

Man City are the bookmaker’s favourites to win a maiden Champions League title this season and have begun the new campaign with back-to-back group stage wins, though Guardiola insists his side are still not ready to lift Europe’s biggest prize.

“We missed a lot of chances and also lost a lot of chances in the box,” said Guardiola.

“We have to be clinical. The people say about the Champions League, that target. We still are not ready.

“We create a lot and don’t concede but we can improve. We have scored a lot over the last two seasons and I don’t have doubts about that but we have to keep going, to work on that.”

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