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Pep Guardiola says Man City is not ready to win Champions League

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his side "are not ready" to win the Champions League, claiming "the feeling" from their fans that the team must win the competition is missing.

City have gone out in the last 16 and quarter-finals of the competition in the Spaniard's two seasons in charge.

"It's one important thing to win this kind of title, you have to be pushed," said Guardiola, 47.

"Not just by the manager, by everyone surrounding Manchester City."

He added: "And still we don't have that feeling, the feeling that the fans are pushing that we have to win the Champions League."

City were knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco in Guardiola's first campaign in charge then by Liverpool in the last eight last season.

In their latest campaign, they go into Tuesday's game at Shakhtar Donetsk second in Group F with three points from two games.

"We are going to put in all effort to win this competition, but from what I saw last season we are not ready, that's what I feel," said Guardiola, who won the Champions League twice with Barcelona.

Manchester City's win in Hoffenheim coupled with Olympique Lyon's failure to beat Shakhtar Donetsk in France has brought Manchester City's chance of progress back to where it was before they lost at home to Lyon.

The Euro Club Index gives City an 88% chance of making it through to the knockout phase of the Champions League, making them the most likely of the four English teams - Man City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United - to get there.

A return of at least four points from the next two matches against Shakhtar will make City's progress more or less certain.

Source: bbc