Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has insisted winning the English Premier League is tougher than lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy.
City are on the brink of taking their fourth domestic title in five seasons, with victory at home to Aston Villa in their final game of the season on Sunday enough for them to be crowned English champions regardless of what second-placed Liverpool achieve against Wolves at Anfield.
Guardiola, who guided Barcelona to two UCL titles, said winning the EPL was harder than reaching the summit of the European club game.
The Spaniard explained:
I would say it’s more difficult. There’s a lot of weeks and games, struggles with injuries, good and bad moments with different situations, tough opponents.
It’s satisfying because it’s every day. When you fight for the Premier League and have success right at the end, it gives you a sense that you enjoy a lot. We are happier in our lives when you win.
When you win and win it (makes for) good training sessions, a good environment and mood. It’s not like the FA Cup or a single game, it’s a routine.
I’m not saying the Champions League is not important. We’re mad, crazy to win it. We want it, we love it.
We’d love to be in Paris (for the final) next week but to win 38 games, rather than six, eight or nine games, is different.
Always I like it, since I was a player. The league is nice and we are on the verge of that. We are close.