Barcelona Should Not Be Champions League Favourites – Pep Guardiola

guardiola4 Pep Guardiola, coach of the all-conquering Barcelona says his side should not be considered favourites to capture the UEFA Champions League trophy this season.

Guardiola points to the fact that no team has successfully defended the trophy in the Champions League era with the last team to do so being Milan, winning the European Cup in 1989 and 1990.

“If a team is least favoured to win the Champions League, it is us because until now no team has retained it the trophy,” Guardiola told a press conference.

As his side prepares to take on Dynamo Kiev in their second group game of this season’s competition, Guardiola says his side must keep their feet on the ground to have any chance of repeating last year’s success.

“Europe requires a little more. There is a question of self-worth, last season was the best but we also be aware that we must improve. If we win the Champions League it is because we remained humble,” Guardiola added.


~ by footballdirecta on September 29, 2009.

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