“When you arrive in the last stages you say the dream is close”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola
Guardiola, whose side crashed out of the competition in the last 16 last season, despite reaching the semi-finals under Manuel Pellegrini the year before, said:
“We will play our first game in the group stage. We fought a lot to be there. The gap was so close (last season) and we fought a lot.
“Now we start our road. I know from my experience how complicated it is. We were not able to win one game away (last season) and it doesn’t matter if you are playing famous team or lower teams.
“We are not dreaming – when you’re in that position it’s better to be calm. When you arrive in the last stages you say the dream is close – but now it’s far away.
“The Champions League is so demanding. The teams are so physical. The best performances are always in the Champions League, but if you are not at the top level you cannot compete.