Guardiola: Man City not ready to challenge for Champions League

Date published: Sunday 11th September 2016 1:06

Pep Guardiola Manchester City

Pep Guardiola says his Manchester City side are not yet in the kind of shape that will be required for them to make waves in the Champions League.

City on Saturday maintained their 100 per cent start to the season and life under Guardiola with a 2-1 derby victory at Manchester United.

Guardiola was generally pleased with the way his men played over that 45 minutes as they assumed a 2-0 lead through Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho before Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s reply just prior to the break.

But he also emphasised that with them not making the most of some openings, City had to “suffer” through a second half in which Jose Mourinho’s United, invigorated by some half-time substitutions, were considerably improved.

“Until now, in the Premier League it has been okay – but to compete against the best clubs in Europe, in this moment with the way we are playing, we are not able to,” Guardiola said.

As well as the success at Old Trafford, City’s Premier League campaign so far has returned home wins against Sunderland and West Ham either side of a 4-1 victory at Stoke.

There has also been a 6-0 Champions League play-off win on aggregate over Steaua Bucharest.

“We have played, not all of the games, but part of most of the games at a high level, and of course we have to continue,” Guardiola continued.

“If you ask me whether we are ready to compete in Europe, we are not ready. We create, but in front we need more.

“But, it is just two months together, so we have time to get better.”

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