Pep Guardiola tipped to leave ‘back door open’ for Liverpool to win title

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Legendary BBC commentator John Motson believes Man City’s pursuit of European success will hand the Premier League title to Liverpool .

Pep Guardiola is yet to win the Champions League with City, and hasn’t landed the trophy since Barcelona’s triumph in 2011.

His side fell short last season in dramatic circumstances against Tottenham , when Raheem Sterling’s late goal was ruled out by VAR in the quarter-finals.

And Motson feels the desire to be crowned champions of Europe this season could prove pivotal to their domestic form.

Motson told talkSPORT : “I think Man City’s priority, although Guardiola doesn’t talk in priorities – well he does, but not about the Champions League, which is what I think they dearly want to win.

City went out of last season’s competition after Sterling’s late goal was ruled out

“And I just think City might leave the back door open for Liverpool in the Premier League .

“But at the moment, I can’t see either of them getting beaten! I mean the results on Saturday were emphatic.

“Man City, who of course scored four at Brighton to win the league, put four past them at the Etihad and Aguero was just amazing.”

Guardiola couldn’t believe the decision

Both sides have been handed favourable draws in the group stages of the Champions League and should progress comfortably to the knockout phase.

Guardiola himself feels the competition won’t be a distraction but admits it is still a burning ambition.

“OK, I have to try [to win the Champions League]. I know the reason why we’ll be judged,” he said.

“But I’m an honest guy to myself and there are incredible teams in Europe. As strong as we are, one mistake and you’re out. The important thing is being there. We’ll see how we do.

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“Of course we want to win it. We dream of it and we work for it. I know it’s important and if it happens it will be important.

“But I will be the same guy. I’ll wake up in the morning, work a lot, go to sleep as early as possible, eat good, take care of myself as best as possible and love the people I love.

“I’m going to do my best, but it’s not going to change my life.”



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