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Pep Guardiola responds to claims he’s obsessed with the Champions League

Pep Guardiola insists his quest to win a third Champions League crown as a manager has not become “an obsession”.

Guardiola, who won the competition twice with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, has failed at the quarter-final stage for the past three seasons with Manchester City.

The Spaniard also failed to conquer Europe with Bayern Munich, but ahead of City’s trip to Olympiacos tomorrow, where a win will all but secure their last 16 place, Guardiola denied he has become obsessed with winning the competition.

“It’s not an obsession,” said Guardiola.

“We want to do our best and I say every season, we are going to try our best.

“We can almost qualify and that’s so good, to be in the best 16 teams in Europe.

“We need one more game to be there mathematically and, with respect to the other ones, I have a feeling we will do really well this season.

Guardiola says he is not obsessed by Champions League glory

“I don’t know why, but I’ve felt it from the beginning, since we lost to Lyon [in the Champions League quarter-finals last season].”

While City have a 100 per cent record in the Champions League this season, they have stuttered in the Premier League, losing twice already, including Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Tottenham.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 21, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo Neil Hall - by Pool/Getty Images)
Guardiola saw his side fall to defeat at the weekend

“We know what we have to do, but I have to find solutions to find the right way to attack and score goals,” said Guardiola.

“The way we play is quite good, I’m quite happy. We conceded chances, but the moment we break it we will get better.

“The season is so young and I’m very optimistic we are going to do good this season.”

City’s only injury concern is defender Nathan Ake, who will stay behind in Manchester while the rest of the squad travel to Greece.

“Everyone is fit except Nathan,” said Guardiola. “The others are all fit.”

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