Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City are not in the Champions League’s ‘elite’ as the club prepare to take on Paris Saint-Germain in their semi-final first leg tomorrow evening.
Guardiola’s side travel to Paris tomorrow to face last season’s runners-up in the first leg of their last four tie, with the Premier League leaders having reached this stage for just the second time in their history.
City have enjoyed huge success domestically in recent seasons and have won four Premier League titles in the past nine campaigns, with a fifth appearing set to follow in the coming weeks with the champions elect just two wins from the title.
Guardiola’s side have struggled to translate that success onto the European stage however, with their clash against Paris Saint-Germain the first time they have reached the semi-finals under the Spaniard’s management.
Despite that record, City will start as favourites to progress to a first-ever Champions League final against either Real Madrid or Chelsea, though Guardiola says his side should not yet be considered amongst the elite sides in continental competition.
“We are not in the elite of this competition, but we want to be there for sure,” Guardiola told his pre-match press conference.
“The owners, when they took over, wanted to take us there in England first, and we are lucky to live where we are now. I am incredibly happy to travel to Paris with this club to try and win and then to Crystal Palace to try and win one of the two games that we need to win the title.
“The Premier League is the most important one, but the Champions League is the nicest one I think.”