Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, likened his team to sports legends Michael Jordan and Jack Nicklaus to explain their inability to win the Champions League. Despite being in the quarter-finals for the sixth year running and facing his former club Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, City only reached one final under Guardiola, losing to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea 1-0 in 2021. Guardiola, who enjoys golf, noted that even Jordan and Nicklaus, who have had hugely successful careers, failed to win more honours than they did. Guardiola says that his ambitions are below perfection, and he is happy to be in the Premier League and in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. He emphasizes that every game is so difficult, and that being in the Champions League is his dream. Guardiola spent his Sunday studying footage of Bayern and watching Jon Rahm win at the Masters.
Guardiola further stated that what’s important is to be there, compete well, and do one’s best, realizing that they have to be perfect to achieve a good result and go to Germany for the second leg. Every profession has its own set of difficulties to overcome, but teams must rise to the occasion and keep their heads held high. Though a team isn’t perfect, what’s essential is that they continue to work towards improving themselves at every opportunity.
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