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Pep Guardiola makes shock admission about City’s poor chances to win the Champions League

Pep Guardiola’s side won Schalke in yesterday’s Champions League play off. However, Pep Guardiola wasn’t pleased with those goals and admitted that City aren’t ready to win the Champions League.

Although Guardiola was happy with the character that his team showed to win the game, he was clearly unhappy with their sloppiness in defence and stated that he had no issues with either penalty decision nor Nicolas Otamendi’s sending off in the second half.

“We gave the first penalty, we gave the second penalty, we gave the red card so in that competition it’s not good, it’s too many things,” Guardiola told BT Sport after the game.

“Still we are not ready to fight for the latter stages, that is the reality. But the result is really good. ”

When asked whether he’d learned about his players, Guardiola said: “No, we played good. We started really well and played good but still we lost some easy balls which you are not allowed to do in that competition especially. “We conceded two penalties that were penalties. I think so. I trust VAR, I am a big fan of that so if it’s a penalty, it’s a penalty, yeah. I have arguments and complaints sometimes but not this one. I think it’s a penalty the first one and a penalty the second one and the red card.

“In the second half we played with incredible personality like in last season at Anfield when we lost 3-0 but we gave two goals when they didn’t do absolutely anything. How many shots on target did they have [besides penalties] zero or one?

“The game was quite good, in the end the quality from Leroy – in these kinds of games are won by big players – and the assist from Ederson and action from Raz [Raheem Sterling] made the difference but ok it’s not over. I like to live these situations to realise that this competition is completely different, we gave too much to the opponent to still be in the game.”

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