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Not going far in the Champions League 'will be a failure' - Pep Guardiola

Not going far in the Champions League 'will be a failure' - Pep Guardiola
From ESPN - September 13, 2017

ROTTERDAM -- Manchester City ca not use a hectic Premier League schedule as an excuse if they fail to progress in the Champions League, according to manager Pep Guardiola.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said the busy domestic calendar makes it difficult to compete in Europe but Guardiola believes City are capable of challenging.

"I am talking for myself -- I ca not speak about the other four teams in the Champions League -- if we do not win or make a good performance it will be a miss, a failure," he told a news conference, when asked about using workload as a potential excuse.

"I know that. I learn it from the beginning. I have to accept it. I can handle that. Hopefully the players can understand."

Guardiola knows what it takes to succeed in Europe, having won the Champions League twice with Barcelona, although he failed to win the competition during three seasons in charge of Bayern Munich.

But he believes his players need to gain belief and experience by playing at the top level in Europe and for their national team.

"The step for the English teams and national teams is to do that -- win one or be close and then say: 'OK, wow, we are there,'" he said.

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