Pep: It’s going to be much simpler to win the Champions League now City currently has the first title.
Pep Guardiola believes that it will be much simpler for his team Manchester City to win the Champions League now that they have finally won their first title.
In the championship game that took place in Istanbul the previous year, City prevailed against Inter Milan by a score of 1-0 to claim their first ever title in the competition.
When asked whether additional Champions League victory will be harder to come by, Guardiola’s team will begin their defense of their crown on Tuesday when they host Red Star Belgrade. When asked whether further Champions League success will be harder to come by, he responded with “No, easier.”
“It’s not easy to come out on top the first time. It was an unbelievable event for us in the course of our history.
Ferran Soriano, the chief executive of City, stated that the club is more “relaxed” after their victory in the Champions League; nevertheless, Pep Guardiola stated that it is “important that the players not feel relaxed.”
Are the board of directors, the chairman, and the chief executive officer at ease? It’s a good thing. They don’t put any effort in.”
Keep your attention on Red Star Belgrade…
The previous year, Red Star Belgrade clinched a record-setting 34th league title in emphatic fashion, going the entire season undefeated and losing a total of only 14 points along the way. This achievement set a new record.
In August 2022, after the team was eliminated in the play-off round of the Champions League, they had to deal with the resignation of their manager, the former Inter Milan midfielder Dejan Stankovic. However, his replacement, Milos Milojevic, enjoyed a seamless transition as the club cruised to a sixth straight title.
This season, the club hired Israeli Barak Bakhar as its new manager. Bakhar’s Maccabi Haifa team was the one that eliminated Red Star from the Champions League in August of last year. This is the club’s fourth managerial change in as many seasons.
Aleksandar Katai, a winger for the club, was instrumental in their success during the previous season, scoring 19 goals. However, due to the fact that the country’s best players are increasingly being enticed to play for teams outside of Serbia, the club is adjusting to a new reality in which virtually none of the current Serbia side play for them. This was an unthinkable situation until recent years.
One month after paying off an overdue significant tax obligation, the club was forced to seek financial assistance from the government in the amount of over two million pounds in April. All of this indicates that Bakhar’s squad was put together on a tight budget and that they may have trouble competing with City, who won the treble last season.
Grealish, Kovacic, and Stones will not play in the match against Red Star, according to Pep.
It has been announced by Pep Guardiola that Mateo Kovacic, John Stones, and Jack Grealish will not play for Manchester City in their Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.
City will open their championship defense at the Etihad Stadium against the Serbian side, but they will have to do it without the trio of injured players.
“They are getting better but they are not for tomorrow,” Guardiola added. “They are not for tomorrow.”
“With any luck, it will be Nottingham Forest or one of the upcoming games. We require it due to the fact that our team is not very large, but the situation is what it is.
“Just take a look at what we’ve accomplished without them in the most recent games. But let’s keep our fingers crossed that they’ll be returning soon, because we really need the competition.