Champions League: Manchester City not favourites yet, says Pep Guardiola
Ahead of tonight's clash v Feyenoord, Manchester City boss plays down talk of his team being good enough to win Champions League title
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are still not among the favourites to win the Champions League despite their eye-catching form in domestic and European competition. The Premier League leaders face Feyenoord tonight unbeaten in 18 games in all competitions this season and with an increasing number of observers tipping them to challenge for Europe's biggest prize, which they have never won. Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri and Leicester's well-travelled boss Claude Puel are the latest respected judges to name City as the best team in Europe but Guardiola is continuing to play down expectations around his side, who have already qualified for the Champions League's last 16.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola
"I say thank you very much to both of them," said Guardiola of the praise from his fellow managers. "For Manchester City, a team that still needs a history in Europe, it is a big win. "That doesn't mean we are favourites to win the Champions League but it's nice. It means we are doing some things very well. "But obviously people usually say the favourite teams are FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and others. But that people put us there, is a big honour. That does not mean we have done anything because we haven't."
Guardiola has lost England defender John Stones for up to six weeks with captain Vincent Kompany, another centre-back, still edging his way back from injury. With 13 games to play from today until their trip to Watford on January 2, Guardiola believes the coming period will be his squad's biggest test of the season.
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