After a comfortable 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dismissed claims his side are favorites for the Champions League. Speaking to the media after the game, the Spaniard named his former club Bayern Munich as the real favorites, distinguishing them for Tuesday’s performance against Lazio.
By goal, Guardiola apparently took a penchant for using a good old British understatement, saying: “Up front we have to be more clinical. In this competition, you have to be perfect to be sure to succeed. “
“When I see Bayern Munich I don’t think we are favorites,” Pep said. “My target is West Ham in three days.” Ironically, that was right after playing Gladbach out of the park – Gladbach being one of the few teams to beat Bayern Munich this season.
The colts were absolutely powerless to stop City’s assault, managing just 1 shot on target and 0.3 xG in 90 minutes. It was a dominant performance in all aspects of the game. Joao Cancelo was particularly good, as Marco Rose’s men were unable to pin down the difficult full-back / midfielder in his brilliant hybrid role. City now have 12 consecutive away wins in all competitions, a record for a top English club.
However, Guardiola refuses to talk about being UCL favorites. “If people say we’re favorites, we have to accept it, but a team that in all of its history has been in the semi-finals once? OK, they say it, we have to accept it. He is right in a way, but you have to admit that Man City are currently the fittest team in Europe. If you were a bettor, your money would be on City. Will it be the same in April? Who can say?