Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made a huge claim, revealing that he would rather retain the Premier League title than win the club's maiden UEFA Champions League trophy next season.
The Citizens were the deserving winners of the league title this season, finishing 19 points ahead of second placed Manchester United and eventually finishing with 100 points for the campaign which is a record.
However, City have been unable to replicate their league form in Europe with Guardiola's side getting knocked out in the quarterfinals this season, infact they have reached the last four just once in the last seven years, something which is holding them back from becoming a super club.
Guardiola though would prize the league title over European success any day, claiming, "
"Premier League. No doubt. It will be a huge mistake to think, 'Okay now we have the Premier League, we are now going to go for the Champions League instead.' Big mistake. To be out of the Champions League and win the Premier League again, I'd sign for it now. The Premier League is the most important thing."
"It gives you the consistency to arrive at the right moment, the Champions League is so complicated the opponents are so good, all of them. It would be a big mistake for Manchester City to be focusing on [the Champions League]; of course it will be a target, of course we will fight. That competition, you play at Anfield, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Roma, Bayern, United, Juventus, all of the big clubs.
"Of course we are going to try it, but I don't think if we don't win the Champions League in the next five years it will be a disaster. I don't think so."
The Citizens are expected to strengthen their squad for next season with Guardiola reportedly keen to bring Napoli's Jorginho and another central defender to the Etihad.