Manchester City’s director of football has insisted that Pep Guardiola’s side will ‘fight’ to win the Champions League this season, after tonight’s draw.
City were knocked out in the quarter-finals of last year’s competition at the hands of Liverpool after being completely overpowered by Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Despite their domestic dominance in the Premier League, Guardiola’s men failed to overcome the Red’s over two legs in Europe, succumbing to a resounding 5-1 aggregate defeat. The loss ensured that the Citizen’s disappointing record in football’s most prestigious club tournament continued, having never managed to get further than then the semifinals.
Winning the league by 19 points in England with a record three-digit points haul will not be enough to satisfy the insatiable hunger for success amongst club officials and supporters, both of whom now believe the team are good enough to be competing for every major trophy on offer this coming year.
According to Manchester City’s official website, the club’s current director of football Txiki Begiristain believes that the team is now well placed to genuinely challenge in Europe, as he told reporters after the draw for the group stage was announced tonight: “We want to be stronger in Europe and we want to have the opportunity to fight for this Champions League.
“We are getting close but we want to be closer than last season and we want to be there.
“In England to win back-to-back Premier League is important so we have to focus on all competitions. Of course, it’s very good.
“We have two good players in almost every position, so we are ready to go for everything.”
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 30, 2018
City have been drawn in Group F alongside Hoffenheim, Shakhtar Donetsk and Lyon, which should be a relatively straightforward task for the English champions.
If Guardiola can manage to galvanise his squad enough to reproduce the form they show in the Premier League on the European stage this season, then there is no reason to believe that City cannot finally win the trophy for the first time in their history come May and in doing so complete their meteoric rise to the top of the game.