Pep Guardiola insists he would not gamble away any of Manchester City’s successes for a shot at winning the Champions League.
The City boss, who won Europe’s top club prize twice as manager of Barcelona, denies that seeing Liverpool take the continental crown last season took the gloss off his own side’s domestic treble.
“No, no way,” said the Spaniard. “Why can we not share the glory?
“We would like to win the Champions League – big respect to Liverpool, winning the Champions League is so difficult, so, so complicated. That’s why winning the Champions League gets all credit.
“But why is it higher than what we have done over 11 months?
“The Champions League is an important tournament but I don’t want to go to the casino and gamble everything I have in my pocket for seven games. I don’t want it.
“I think I want to be happy during 11 months. It makes me happy, the Premier League, every game. When I win, the days after I am happier. I go to the restaurants better, I feel better, I work better with my players.
“Am I going to wait until February to play seven games with everything on black colour? From my point of view, it’s too risky.”
Guardiola is confident Liverpool, Premier League runners-up to City last season and still without a domestic championship since 1990, would agree with him on the importance of winning the home title.
He said: “I’m pretty sure Liverpool would have liked to win the last Premier League, (after) 30 years not winning the Premier League.
“It is incredibly good what they have done in the Champions League but I think winning the Premier League is really good. They were just one point behind but we were better by one point.
“Both teams were fantastic last season. Why do you have to say this team is better than the other one? Both were good.”