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Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City will judge their success rather than seek external validation

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Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City will judge their own success rather than seek external validation as he admits his side may never be seen as an all-time great if they fail to win the Champions League title

  • Pep Guardiola admitted a Champions League title would be massive for the club
  • He said without one, City would be judged as having failed in the ultimate quest
  • His comments come ahead of a season-defining week for Manchester City 

Pep Guardiola has conceded that his team may never be recognised as one of the all-time greats if they do not win the Champions League, but insists that his players should not concern themselves with such external validations of their achievements. 

Manchester City take on Liverpool on Sunday in the Premier League title decider, again next weekend in the FA Cup semi and then travel to Madrid to defend a 1-0 lead over Atletico in the Champions League quarter-final in a season-defining week.

And Guardiola admits that failure to win in Europe would mean his team would always be judged as having failed in the ultimate quest. 

Manchester City manager Guardiola (above) has admitted failure to win a Champions League title would mean his team would always be judged as having failed in the ultimate quest

Manchester City manager Guardiola (above) has admitted failure to win a Champions League title would mean his team would always be judged as having failed in the ultimate quest

His comments come ahead of a potentially season-defining week in which they play Liverpool on Sunday in a potential Premier League title decider and next week in the FA Cup semi-final

His comments come ahead of a potentially season-defining week in which they play Liverpool on Sunday in a potential Premier League title decider and next week in the FA Cup semi-final

He said: ‘To get the recognition of everyone in the world we need to conquer Europe. Is it going to happen? I don’t know. 

‘So far, what we’ve done here makes me incredibly happy. First of all, we had fun. We did many, many good things, that’s my feeling. But whether it’s enough doesn’t matter.’

Guardiola’s team have won three Premier League titles, four League Cups and one FA Cup, and established new records by winning the Premier League title with 100 points in 2018 and 98 points in 2019.

City also face Atletico Madrid in their Champions League last eight second leg on Wednesday

City also face Atletico Madrid in their Champions League last eight second leg on Wednesday

But he insists his team cannot be motivated by how outsiders rank them.

‘I think we’ve had incredible compliments. Sometimes to be happy we get the proof from outside to be happy inside and that’s stupid. (Sometimes) what we want is proof from the outside that what we’ve done is right. (But) it is right what we’ve done and it is right what we’re doing.

‘The things we’ve done and the way we’ve done it, dominating many times. I’m sure you will agree with me, the period of five seasons is a long time. These seasons we were always there and that is good.’  

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