Pep Guardiola: Man City missing 'something special' to win Champions League


You have to have many circumstances, have experience and still we don't have enough.

But Guardiola has taken a veiled swipe at fans and is convinced he is not feeling the desire required from supporters who continue to boo the Champions League anthem and fail to fill the Etihad for European games. I saw last season and this that in many ways the club, we are still not ready to win it.

"That doesn't mean we are not going to try, but to win this competition it's not enough just to have desire, or wanting to win".

"To win this competition, it's not enough just to have desire, or wanting to win".

"When it happens, everyone will feel it".

Pep Guardiola has twice won the Champions League with Barcelona (Sean Dempsey/PA).

All this predates Guardiola's arrival and, having been used to the intensity of Champions League atmospheres at Barca and Bayern Munich, it is something that surprised him.

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Guardiola added: "It's one important thing to win this kind of title, you have to be pushed, not just by the manager, by everyone surrounding Manchester City that we have to win it".

"Normally what happens is you get closer, that's why I feel we are a really good team, it's a pleasure to work with them".

The Premier League champions did not enjoy their last visit to Ukraine, having been beaten 2-1 in December previous year and will not want a repeat of that result.

City will officially have 825 supporters behind them in Kharkiv, Shakhtar's adoptive home and a venue where they lost last season.

City take on Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night, with the Premier League champions now second in Group F, one point behind Lyon and one ahead of their Ukrainian opponents.

Guardiola said: "Other than the first 45 minutes against Lyon I think we have played well".