Guardiola is optimistic about Man City retaining Champions League title

On Monday, manager Pep Guardiola predicted Manchester City’s Champions League defense will be easier than their arduous pursuit of the trophy.

City won their first Champions League title in June by defeating Inter Milan 1-0 in Istanbul after years of disappointment and near misses.

Before City’s Group G match at home to Red Star Belgrade, Guardiola told reporters: “It’ll be easier. The first prize is the hardest to win. This is amazing for us, but just one.

Guardiola warned his team not to relax: “Tomorrow is the first step. Our goal is the first three points.

“Players must not relax. Our club’s Champions League success is amazing, but how many clubs have won one? A lot.

“We are proud, but we haven’t done anything special with one.”

Guardiola stated Jack Grealish, John Stones, and Mateo Kovacic, who missed City’s 3-1 triumph against West Ham United on Saturday, will still be out on Tuesday.

“I think they are improving, not for tomorrow,” Guardiola said.

Hopefully, it will be for Nottingham Forest (in the Premier League on Saturday) or other games since we need it with our small squad.

We proved ourselves without them in the recent games. We need the competition, so perhaps they’ll return soon.”

Last season, City won the Premier League and FA Cup to complete a treble, but England right defender Kyle Walker stated the team was motivated.

Motivation is our job. Why are we at a huge club? “Told reporters.

“You must be inspired internally. We must emulate the manager’s desire to win more.

Our history is behind us; it’s a new season. In the manager’s diagram, we started from the bottom of the mountain and had to climb it again. Going again distinguishes decent teams from great ones.”

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