Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he will not be thinking of personal glory in Champions League

Pep Guardiola insists he will not be thinking of personal glory as he aims to maintain his remarkable Champions League record.

Guardiola, a two time Champions League winner as a coach, has never failed to reach the semi-finals, with Manchester City eyeing the last eight after an epic 5-3 first-leg win over Monaco.

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola takes charge of his 100th European game on Wednesday night, determined to finish the job and steer City to the quarter-final stage.

But while Jose Mourinho has confessed he is desperate to return to the Champions League arena to boost his own record in the tournament, Guardiola said his own ego is not what is driving him on.

“Believe me, I’m not here thinking ‘I’ve reached the semi-finals seven times in a row and if that happens again it’s good and if not it’s a pity’,” said Guardiola.

City produced a comeback to win their first leg 5-3
(Photo: Stu Forster)
Guardiola knows that City will have to keep it shut at the back
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“I’m so satisfied already with my personal success. That is enough for me. What I wanted was a new club and to help them to be as stable in Europe for as many years as possible.

“No, I’m here to help the club get into the next round and maybe another one, then another one and the people can then see the team and say ‘Wow, they play good’.

“I’m not here for the private [glory]. I am here for a group of people who want to do better and better and better in all the competitions and to see what our level is.”

Josep Guardiola coach of Barcelona is thrown into the air by his players as they celebrate winning the UEFA Champions League Final match between Manchester United and Barcelona at the Stadio Olimpico on May 27, 2009 in Rome, Italy.
Guardiola has gone all the way in the Champions League with Barcelona
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City reached the semi-finals last season under Manuel Pellegrini, with Guardiola having been recruited to take them that elusive step further to become champions of Europe.

Firstly they must try to overcome French league leaders Monaco, who Guardiola believes are more accomplished than Barcelona and Real Madrid when it comes to attacking and scoring goals.

“They’re a top top team, the best team in the world at scoring goals. They attack not with four or five, but six guys, and they’re physically strong,” said Guardiola.

“I was really impressed before our game, more impressed after facing them, and now we have to produce a huge performance to be in the next round.

Monaco's Radamel Falcao scores his sides third
Monaco caused City plenty of problems during the first leg
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“I want to see a team from the first minute that wants to win the game. I want to see that. I want to see my team with the feeling that it wants to win the game.

“If the opponent is much better than us, they’re much better than us, but not because we’re too reserved.”

Despite his formidable record in the Champions League, Guardiola knows the scale of the task facing City to go all the way this season and lift the trophy for the first time in their history.

Guardiola hopes he can lead City to European glory
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“Obviously we don’t have the long history of other clubs in Europe, so if we’re able to go through it will be the second time in our history to reach the quarter-final,” said Guardiola.

“It’s my eighth year in the Champions League as a manager and I know how complicated the competition is, with the little details. You lose your concentration for five minutes and you’re out.

“This season, in the Champions League and Premier League, we’re able to compete against the big teams in a good way.

“I honestly think I’m not able to talk about if we can win the Champions League. But be sure we’re going to try to win it this season, absolutely.”

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