Ruben Dias claims Pep Guardiola’s legacy does NOT depend on winning the Champions League ahead of their clash with Paris Saint-Germain
- Dias claims Guardiola’s legacy does not depend on winning the Champions League
- City will meet Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday in a repeat of last season’s semi-finals
- The Spaniard has not added to the Champions League trophies he won at Barca
- Although he won the competition and completed a unique domestic cleanup
Ruben Dias has maintained that Pep Guardiola’s status as an all-time great does not depend on Manchester City winning the Champions League.
City will face PSG on Tuesday in a repeat of last season’s semi-final, which Guardiola won 4-1 in total before losing the final to Chelsea.
It means the Spaniard hasn’t added to the Champions League trophies he won in Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, but Footballer of the Year Dias says it hasn’t affected his legacy as he made history at City by winning the league. win by 100 points and complete a unique domestic cleanup.
Ruben Dias claims Pep Guardiola’s legacy does not depend on winning the Champions League
“He is one of the best managers ever. What he has done, not only here, but also in Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is unbelievable,” said Dias.
“People think managing at a top club is easy, but it comes with challenges and the manager has been successful everywhere.
“It’s not just what he won, it’s his style of play. It’s a pleasure to be a part of it and he will keep pushing us to keep winning trophies.”
PSG have added Lionel Messi to a galaxy that already includes Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, although the Argentine superstar is doubtful for this week’s group match with a knee injury.
He has not been added to the Champions League trophies he won in Barcelona in 2009 and 2011
Nevertheless, Dias says he is ‘one of the best managers ever’ because of what he did at City
While the Champions League remains a holy grail for City, Dias says reaching the final cannot be considered a failure last time.
“It was a huge moment to get there, it was the first time in the club’s history,” he said.
“Winning would have been incredible, but it can only help us to have had that experience. Being this close gives you motivation to hopefully go one step further.
“It was the first time most of our squad have been in a Champions League final and that kind of experience is invaluable. We’ve been strong for a number of years, it wasn’t enough, but last season we proved ourselves that we can get to the late stages. After that, it’s a one-time game.
“Last season we had great moments, away at Dortmund, at home and away against PSG. In the end, only one team wins the Champions League every season and many strong teams miss out. The level is very high.
“The most important thing for us last season was that maybe we didn’t win the league, but we got further than in the past.”
Manchester City misses Champions League glory last year after losing to Chelsea
However, Guardiola made history at City by winning the league by 100 points and completing a unique domestic clean-up
If Messi misses, PSG will remain a threat in Paris. “You want to test yourself against the best, but whether Messi, Mbappe, Neymar, Icardi or PSG have amazing strength, no matter who we’re up against.
City won their opening match in the Champions League with an extraordinary 6-3 win against Leipzig, in which Jack Grealish, a record £100 million, starred in a wonder goal.
“Jack is an extraordinary talent,” said Dias. “He fits very well in the dressing room and is…
important for us at the start of the season.
“He has something that not many players have in terms of his vision and ability to pick a pass, but also how he runs with the ball and takes players on.
“That makes him unpredictable for defenders. I am sure he will mean a lot to us this season.”