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Guardiola: City Still Have A Long Way To Go To Match Barca


On Wednesday night Man City take on Basel in the last 16 of the Champions League. They won 4-0 in the first leg in Switzerland, and in the meantime they landed the Carabao Cup. Pep Guardiola's men have the Premier League more or less wrapped up too. They are 16 points clear with just nine games to go, and four wins will be enough to get them over the line.

Pep Guardiola

There is every chance they could break the 100 point barrier, a potentially historic achievement. It is no surprises that people are comparing City to the great Barca sides of recent years. However, Pep Guardiola has claimed it is too early to put City in the same bracket.

Guardiola Plays Down Barca Comparison

Speaking to the media ahead of City's tie with Basel, Guardiola was realistic when discussing his team's achievements. He said: “Barcelona have won a lot in the past. We are new – we’ve won one title [the Carabao Cup] but it is not a [realistic] comparison.”

“It is not good for us comparing with that Barcelona team. That team dominated the last decade, 15 to 20 years with different managers, different players. We have just won the first title. To join this kind of team you have to be there a long time.”

Treble Dream Still Alive

So, as we head into the business end of the season City's dream of a treble is very much alive. With the League Cup already in the bag one leg is already secure, and the Premier League title should follow shortly with just four more wins needed.

The Champions League looks to be their biggest challenge, and the draw could be crucial. If City can avoid the big guns like Real Madrid and Barcelona in the quarter finals they will fancy their chances. You wouldn't bet against them going all the way.