Pep Guardiola believes that traversing the 38-game obstacle course that is the Premier League season is a more difficult and more satisfying task than winning the Champions League.
The two title protagonists have been locked in a bitter scrap for several major honours this season. A scrap that, so far, Liverpool have got the better of.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently two trophies up having already swept up a domestic double via the EFL Cup and FA Cup, despite City getting into the latter stages of both competitions.
It was also widely expected that the two clubs would clash in the Champions League final, but a late stoppage time collapse from City was enough to sacrifice that right to a rampant Real Madrid side, whilst Liverpool secured their place in Paris.
It’s been an uncharacteristically trophy-less season for Guardiola to this point, one of near misses and disappointment.
Although, that could all change on Sunday…
City have been running the show in the Premier League and despite surrendering what was a 14-point advantage, they go into the final day knowing that a win against Aston Villa would be enough to clinch a second successive title.
A feat, which, Guardiola believes cannot be understated: “The (Premier League) is more difficult. Lot of weeks, games, injuries, good and bad moments, different situations,” he explained, per Eurosport‘
“The success is being there in the last years… Fighting for the Premier League gives the sense you enjoy the locker room.
“We are happier in our lives when you win and win it by making good training and environment.
“It’s not just one game like the FA Cup, it’s a consistent team. You want to change different things, experiences. In terms of the Premier League, it’s more every day, it’s nice.
“I’m not saying the Champions League is not important. We’d love to be in Paris next week. Always, to win 38 games, or six or seven games is different. Always I like it, it’s nice. We are close.”
The Spaniard makes a fair point, winning across 38 matches is the true test of a team, but they still need to overcome a resilient Villa side before being crowned champions.
And let’s be real, we all know City and Guardiola desire nothing more than that elusive Champions League trophy…
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