Published On: Wed, Sep 18th, 2019

Man City news: Pep Guardiola exit claim made about Man City’s Champions League ambitions | Football | Sport

Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has claimed that Pep Guardiola will be desperate to win the Champions League before he leaves the Etihad.

The Spaniard almost led Manchester City to European glory last season but his side were knocked out by Tottenham in the semi-finals, after VAR ruled out what fans thought was a winning goal from Raheem Sterling.

After last year’s disappointment in the Champions League, supporters will be hopeful that their team can go one step further and lift the trophy this season.

City are yet to win the Champions League, but Thompson believes that their squad has the quality and depth to do so this year.

“The expectation will weigh heavily on Manchester City and Pep Guardiola,” the pundit told Sporting Life.

“It is what the owners want and desire. City have cracked the Premier League and the owners can see themselves in the VIP box at Istanbul.

“I think Guardiola would like it before he moves on to his next challenge, and the players have had a taste of it too.

“You have to have the heartbreak before you taste success. They have got close, but not close enough, so they could go further.

“They have the squad and have two teams which could play in the Champions League itself!”

Guardiola does have previous success in the European competition, winning the tournament in 2009 and 2011 with a formidable Barcelona side.

Since leaving Barca, however, the 48-year-old has struggled to succeed in the competition, failing to make the final with both Bayern Munich and City.

Manchester City begin their Champions League campaign tonight against Shakhtar Donetsk. The Citizens will be hoping to win after losing emphatically last time out to newly promoted Norwich in the Premier League.

With injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, the depth of City’s squad will be tested, as Guardiola is now left with only two fit centre backs.

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