Champions League obsession can take Manchester City to win, says Guardiola

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2023-06-09 17:52:08  • 4 mins

Pep Guardiola believes a healthy obsession with winning the Champions League can propel Manchester City to beat Internazionale in Saturdays final at Istanbuls Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

City are yet to claim Europes elite club competition, coming closest when they lost the 2021 final 1-0 to Chelsea. On Friday Kevin De Bruyne had described winning it as maybe both a dream and an obsession for the club, and the comment was put to Guardiola.

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Its absolutely a dream. Absolutely, he said. To achieve things always you have to have the correct portion of obsession, desire. Obsession is a positive word. Its a dream for all of us.

De Bruyne said: Maybe both [dream and obsession] it depends who you ask. Every professional player wants to win the Champions League and be on top. If you can win the Champions League, youve reached one of the biggest things you can.

City will begin as firm favourites. I dont control peoples opinions just focus on what we have to do, Guardiola said. I saw their games and we try to do our game. Everything finishes with a game and the team who performs best over 95 minutes will win.

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