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Pep Guardiola 'Completely Agrees' With Reason Why He's Not Won Champions League In Nine Years

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Pep Guardiola 'Completely Agrees' With Reason Why He's Not Won Champions League In Nine Years

Pep Guardiola agrees with claims he hasn't won the Champions League in recent years due to not having Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta in his side.

The Catalan won the Europe's elite competition twice in three years during his glittering stint in charge of Barcelona but has now gone nine years without making the final.

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He could only reach as far as the semi finals at Bayern Munich, while he's been knocked out at the quarter final stage in each of his four years in charge of Manchester City - the most recent being a dismal 3-1 defeat to Lyon in Lisbon.

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There are a whole host of different factors and details as to why he's failed in Europe - with many claiming that Guardiola simply had it easy at Barca as he had three of the best players in the world at their absolute peak.

But interestingly Guardiola himself is happy to admit just how lucky he was to manage that crop of players.

Asked about the claim in his post-match press conference on Saturday, the 49-year old replied: "I completely agree with them!

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"When I was there I said many times that we win because I have incredible players. But I had in Munich and in Manchester as well. In Barcelona I was a lucky guy, I'm sorry! I agree with them."

Having beat Real Madrid home and away in impressive fashion in the round of 16, City lost 3-1 to Lyon, who finished seventh in Ligue One, in last night's Champions League quarter final.

Individual errors cost the Blues again, with a five-yard Raheem Sterling open net miss to equalise and a spillage from Ederson that allowed Moussa Dembele to score his second and seal the result, happening 59 seconds apart.

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Reflecting on another miserable Champions League exit, Guardiola said: "One day we will break this gap to the semis. In the first 20, 25 minutes we struggled to find spaces to attack.

"The second half was OK - we were there. I had a feeling we were better. You have to be perfect in this competition.

"We did a lot of good things, but it wasn't enough. We made mistakes in the boxes in key moments. We struggled to find our spaces to attack.'

Topics: Xavi, Manchester City, Football News, FC Barcelona, Football, Pep Guardiola, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Champions League, Bayern Munich

Josh Lawless
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