Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City may need to “suffer” in the Champions League group stage to prove they can go all the way and lift the trophy.
City suffered a shock defeat at home to Lyon in their opening group game and take on Hoffenheim tonight needing a win to get their European campaign going.
The Blues qualified with ease from the group stage in the past two seasons under Guardiola, only to fall to Monaco at the last 16 stage in 2017 and in the quarter-finals against Liverpool last season.
And Guardiola suggested the Lyon defeat may ultimately work in City’s favour in toughening them up and sharpening their competitive edge in the group stage, so they are at their best when it comes to the knockout stage.
“The last two seasons I’ve been here we’ve qualified quite comfortably,” said Guardiola.
“Maybe we have to realise how complicated the competition is and suffer in the group stage to make a step forward in the knockout games.
“If we’re not able to do that, it means we’re not good enough and we’ll prepare much better for next season. It’s simple like that.”
No feed items found.
- 30 Things You’re Definitely Still Allowed To Do In Your 30s
- 14 Things I Promise I Will Absolutely Never Compromise
- Next Year I Will Stop Missing You
- Hold On — Life Is Going To Give You So Much More Than This
- Next Year, Stay Single Until You Meet Someone Like This
- 8 Things People With High-Functioning Depression Do Differently
- We Were Friends With Benefits — But Sex Was Not The Benefit
- Am I Supposed To Forgive You Or Walk Away Forever?
- I’m Not Going To Apologize For Breaking Your Heart
- 6 Little Things You Need To Understand About A Taurus/Virgo Relationship
- When The Lines Between Sex And Love Get Blurred
- Don’t Fall For The Girl Who Is Alone
- Next Year, Let Go Of The People Who Aren’t Ready To Love You
- The Truth About Girls In Happy Relationships
- Sometimes, You Shouldn’t Send The First Text