Ahead of Manchester City’s Premier League final day fixture against Aston Villa, the club’s boss, Pep Guardiola on Friday posited that winning the English Premier League title is more difficult than clinching Europe’s most prestigious trophy, the Champions League.
Though Guardiola’s unpopular view has been shared in the past, It is however understood by his critics that he is trying to console himself and his team for failing to lift the Champions League trophy this season amid expectations.
Meanwhile, Guardiola’s men are on top of the Premier League table with a point ahead of second place Liverpool, with just one more game to go.
The Spanish coach had guided Man City to a Champions League final in 2021 which he lost to Chelsea, and the most recent semi-final in 2022 which saw Real Madrid eliminate his team.
Defending his view, Guardiola said: “The Premier League is more difficult [than the Champions League],” Guardiola told reporters during his pre-match press conference ahead of Man City’s clash with Aston Villa.
“There are many weeks, many games, many injuries, good and bad times, different situations… Success has been there in recent years. Fighting for the Premier League makes sense day-to-day in the changing room.
“I am not saying that the Champions League isn’t important.
“We would have loved to be in Paris next week, but winning 38 games is different from winning six or seven, although it’s always nice.”