Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola has said his side are now rather focused on finishing in the top four than trying to catch up with leaders Chelsea in the English Premier League.
City, who were defeated 2-1 at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday, are currently fourth on the league table, 14 points behind Chelsea.
With eight games left till the end of the campaign, and with teams such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton contending for top four, Guardiola states that it will be his side’s priority till the end of the season to clinch a Champions League ticket.
“The situation is clear, eight games left and we need to qualify for the top four, and that is our target until the end of the season,” Guardiola said during his press conference on Friday ahead of their league clash against Hull City this weekend.
“We have a lot of beautiful things to fight for and to qualify for the Champions League will be a huge success. But we have to be honest with ourselves. We were not good enough to compete for the Premier League [title].”
With the English FA Cup being City’s only realistic chance of winning a trophy this term, it is likely to be the worst season of Guardiola’s managerial career.
The 46-year-old, who before joining City this season, has never gone a single season without winning a trophy – he has won the title in six out of seven attempts and his sides have always reached the last four of the Champions League.
“This season has been a massive lesson for me,” Pep continued. “In future I will be better – definitely.”
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, who will be leading his team against Hull City on Saturday, also commended Hull Boss Marco Silva for his positive impact on the club since taking over.
“[Marco Silva’s] done an outstanding job with Hull, I like the way they play, they play with a lot of talent and very offensive.”
Hull are currently 17th on the league table after winning their last game 4-2 against Middlesbrough last Wednesday.
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