Guardiola dismisses comparisons

06 March 2018 10:37:43 EST

Pep Guardiola has dismissed talk of his current Manchester City team being compared to Barcelona.

He led the Spanish side to European triumphs in 2009 and 2011 and City's dominance so far this campaign has led to comparisons with his previous teams.

Every season, they have won a lot of things and we have won just the first title.

Pep Guardiola

However, Guardiola dampened down the talk, insisting that City were only at the start of their journey towards sustained success and, having won just one piece of silverware so far, they can't realistically be compared to Barcelona during his time in charge at the Nou Camp.

City play FC Basel in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg, having won the game in Switzerland 4-0.

So, they are almost through to the competition's quarter-finals and have a 16-point lead in the Premier League with just nine games remaining.

Having already won the EFL Cup so far this season, they are therefore moving closer to a treble of trophies in Guardiola's second season in charge at the Etihad Stadium.

However, he said his new team have a long way to go before comparisons with Barcelona can be valid.

He told a press conference ahead of the game with FC Basel: "It's not good for us to be compared with that team. That team has dominated for the last decade, 15 or 20 years with different managers and different players.

"Every season, they have won a lot of things and we have won just the first title. To join this kind of team, you have to be there for a long time - many years - but we've won just one title, that's all."

Guardiola did accept that City were close to winning the Premier League and to reaching the last eight in the Champions League, but was cautious not to celebrate too early.

"We are not in the quarter-finals and we are not the champions yet though. That is the reality and that's why you have to be calm. In sport, when you are done you're done but for now, be calm," he added.

City are 12121/1 to win the Champions League this season with Barcelona 12121/1.

Guardiola's team are 4/9 to be the Premier League team which goes furthest in the competition with Liverpool priced at 7/4.

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