Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful managers of the modern era. His style of high press, fast paced, free flowing football has brought his teams glory at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now Manchester City. But now he knows that domestic success is not quite enough for him and his team.
For true glory, he must lift the Champions League trophy and that has alluded him since his departure from Barcelona in 2012.
You would think that a manager who has just won a domestic treble might allow himself time to relax and enjoy life. Not Guardiola.
After his side bulldozed their way to a 6-0 win against Watford, his attention has quickly turned again towards the trophy that he now coverts more than ever.
“I said before that I know we will be judged at the end on whether we win the Champions League,” Guardiola said.
“I know unless we do that it will not be enough.
“This comes with me. I know that. I arrive in Barcelona, we were lucky we won it two times in four years and the people expect I am something special that we have to win the Champions League and it’s still true.
“In this club, the points record and the domestic competitions is incredible, but the Champions League we don’t win quite often compared to the other ones because the teams are so good, the competition is so demanding but we want to win it” (www.itv.com/sport).
Ambition, Drive and Determination. What next for Pepe’s Men ?
Guardiola has turned City into possibly the greatest English side. Only Man Utd’s treble winning team and Arsenal invincible could claim to be arguably better.
However, they were eliminated in the Champions League quarter final stage and that is something that Guardiola knows he must address quickly.
Man City will surely go again in the summer transfer market and recruit quickly. Potential targets include Leicester defender Harry Maguire whom it is speculated would jump at chance of joining the club (www.dailmail.co.uk)