Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City will be a bigger test of his managerial credentials than Bayern Munich or Barcelona.
“The other clubs, for many other reasons, were a little bit closer. Here it will take more time,” Guardiola told Sky Sports News HQ ahead of City’s Super Sunday clash with Liverpool.
“I love this club and I want to be here for a long, long time. Many, many times how City do it was sooner than Barcelona and Bayern Munich so I am really impressed.
“But in other terms we have something that means we need more time. We need more experience to become a stable team.”
“It’s like the England national team. I cannot deny the quality for all the English players playing for Gareth Southgate. They are top.
“But they must achieve that level, arrive there and win. In that moment the media, the people, the players themselves, they will believe they are able to play against Germany in a big competition – not in a friendly game – against Spain, Italy and win.
“You need to be there and to make that process. At Manchester City it’s like this. You have to make that process and when you arrive in a semi-final, play like a contender, play like you are able to win.
“But you have to be there and win. Until we make the gap it will always be there.”