Pep Guardiola: Man City winning Champions League once is nothing special
Pep Guardiola has challenged Manchester City to win multiple Champions League titles saying lifting the trophy once is “nothing special”.
City won the Champions League for the first time in the club's history last season, clinching a historic treble, and they start the defence of their crown against Red Star Belgrade at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Guardiola's side already have one trophy in the bag, having defeated Sevilla to lift the Uefa Super Cup last month, and have started the Premier League campaign by winning five out of five games.
On Saturday, they came back from a goal down to beat West Ham United 3-1 at the London Stadium with Erling Haaland scoring his seventh goal in five league games.
City defeated Inter Milan 1-0 in Istanbul to become European champions thanks to Rodri's goal and while Guardiola is proud of their achievements, he insists there is much more to achieve before the team can be counted among the all-time greats.
Ahead of Tuesday's game against the Serbian champions, Guardiola said: “I'd like to say that for our club to win the Champions League is incredible – the first time in our history – but, in perspective, how many teams have won the Champions League once?
“A lot have won two, three, four, five. In perspective, we did nothing special. It's just one.
“Let's go. Let's try to win tomorrow against a team so aggressive, so fast up front.
“It’s most difficult to win the first one,” the Spaniard added. “But every season we start the competition in the first game with the target to win the first game, then the group stage, then try to win the Champions League. Nothing changes from before.
“The same for Red Star tomorrow. It depends on our performance and our level.
“We’re incredibly happy to