Pep Guardiola claims Man City are not good enough to win Champions League this season


Pep Guardiola says his Manchester City side are still not good enough to win the Champions League – because they need to be more clinical.

Guardiola knows what it takes to triumph in Europe’s top competition, having won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.

And he says City haven’t yet got what’s needed as they resume their campaign for the prize that has so far eluded them.

City face Atalanta at the Etihad on Tuesday aiming to keep up their 100% record in Group C by inflicting a third straight Champions League defeat on the Serie A outfit.

Guardiola’s side go into the match buoyed by a return to form in the Premier League at the weekend, with City’s 2-0 win away to Crystal Palace closing the gap to leaders Liverpool .

Pep Guardiola says City ‘still are not ready’ to go all the way in the Champions League

However, City missed several chances to have extended their lead, and were grateful to Ederson after he made several top-class saves to shut Palace out.

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

“We have to be clinical. People say about the Champions League… that target. We still are not ready.

“We create a lot, don’t concede but can improve. We have scored a lot over the last two seasons and I don’t have doubts about that.

Gabriel Jesus scored a fine header but City missed several chances in the second half

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“But we have to keep going, work on that.”

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Gabriel Jesus broke the deadlock for City on Saturday, with David Silva doubling the lead just 93 seconds later.

Bernardo Silva and Jesus were each denied twice by Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in the second half.

On one of those occasions, Jesus fired at Hennessey when an unmarked Kevin de Bruyne was crying out for the ball to be squared to him in the six-yard box.





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