Pep Guardiola believes the Premier League is not the toughest in the world, pointing to their failure in Europe as a factor.
The Spanish manager is in his second year at City , with no trophies so far, after winning trophies with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
However, Guardiola believes the Premier League is not as tough as the fans think and they must triumph in Europe, before that can happen.
“I know you like to hear, ‘It is the toughest one, congratulations’. You are the most viewed,” Guardiola said, via the Mirror.
“Of course the Premier League is tough, so tough. But I would not say going to the [Santiago] Bernabeu, Camp Nou, [Athletic] Bilbao, Sevilla is easy.
“Because in the last decade all the Spanish teams arrive in the Champions League and Europa League. Winning the Europa League — like Sevilla did three times in a row.
“The Premier League will be tough when — this is going to happen — with five teams in the Champions League, they can achieve the last rounds.
“After we can say, ‘That is the toughest league’. We have to make that step.”