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Pep Guardiola is taking a carefree approach to the Champions League

Pep Guardiola is taking a carefree approach to the Champions League

Pep Guardiola has adopted a carefree attitude to the Champions League.

The Manchester City boss has been unable to lift Europe's biggest trophy with the club despite lavish spending and explained that he now simply enjoys the "privilege" of being involved in the prestigious continental competition.

Guardiola said ahead of his team's last 16 clash with RB Leipzig on Wednesday (22.02.23) : "If my career finished tomorrow because I can't be a manager, I was more than blessed and grateful for what I've done with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and here [at City] in European competition.

"I couldn't expect to have the career I've had. Not just the success that we had altogether, just for the way we play, I love it. I cannot ask more.

"We want to do our best. If it's going to happen it's going to happen. At the end the destiny is already written. We've been close, sometimes not, sometimes closer."

Guardiola accepts that some observers will never be satisfied with what he does in the Champions League and prefers to have "fun".

He said: "I have the feeling what we have done - all of us - for many years, whatever happens it's going to fail. Whatever I do personally with the future, what I have done in the past, I'm going to fail, nothing will be enough.

"So that's why when I learned that in Manchester City, just have fun, enjoy being here in this press conference, afterwards have a good dinner with good wine, watch Real Madrid and Liverpool, a little bit of Napoli… it's always a pleasure to watch. Prepare for the game, motivate the players, 'Let's go guys and try to do it again.' And that's it."

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