Pep Guardiola Insists That The Champions League Is Different From The Premier League
Pep Guardiola says the Champions League is a completely different competition from the Premier League, after Manchester City struggled to a 2-2 draw at Lyon.
City fought back twice on Tuesday night and secured qualification to the last 16 of this season’s Champions League, but the draw leaves them in need of a point against Hoffenheim to secure top spot in the group stage.
Lyon wasted a number of glorious opportunities on a night where City failed to exert the same dominance they administer to their Premier League opponents.
But Guardiola thinks it is unrealistic to expect the same from Manchester City in Europe.
“The Champions League showed me again it is a different competition, especially for one reason: the players are better,” said Guardiola.
“You have time in the Premier League, you can lose games in the Premier League and you still have 38 games to do. Here, there is huge quality. It is another completely different competition.”