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Guardiola warns Man City to take their chances in Europe

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned his side they must take their chances in Europe this season.

The Premier League champions have begun their Champions League campaign in perfect fashion, winning back-to-back group stage fixtures ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Serie A side Atlanta at the Etihad.

City are the bookmaker’s favourites to win the tournament for the first time in their history this season, though Guardiola admits his side must be clinical if they are to reach the latter stages.

Guardiola has seen his side fail to progress beyond the quarter-finals in each of his three seasons in charge, with the two-time Champions League winner warning his side must take their chances if they are to become champions of Europe for the first time.

“In Europe teams don’t give you 20 chances. The players know this. After creating chances you have to be solid, you cannot give away the goals we’ve given this season.

“Chelsea last season, six times we arrived and six goals. A few weeks ago against Watford it was five times and five goals in the first half.

“It does happen. But in other situations we have a lot of chances and don’t score. If you’re two on one, around the six-yard box, you have to score a goal.

“If not it is more difficult in this competition against these top teams.”

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