Pep Guardiola: Champions League 'obsession' can drive fulfillment of Manchester City's 'dream'
Pep Guardiola declared on Friday night that Manchester City were out to fulfil a dream and an obsession by finally winning the Champions League.
City face Inter Milan at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul on Saturday night aiming to end their frustrating wait for that elusive first European Cup and seal an extraordinary treble in the process.
Absolutely its a dream, yeah, absolutely, Guardiola said. To achieve things you have to have the correct proportion of obsession and desire - its a positive word [obsession] for the desire and will to win it. It is, of course, a dream for us.
Kevin De Bruyne echoed his managers call. Asked if winning the Champions League was a dream or an obsession, the City midfielder said: Maybe both. If you can win the Champions League, youve reached the top as a player and as a team.
We need to find a way to win the first one. It will be immense for the players, for the club, for the fans itll be amazing.
City supporters have endured a complicated relationship with the Champions League down the years and often booed the competitions anthem owing to tensions with Uefa, who banned the club from European competition for two seasons in 2020 before the suspension was overturned on appeal.