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Pep Talk: “It is the first game in the group stage and to talk about the latter stages we have to deserve to be there,”

A wise Pep is cognizant about the challenges ahead.

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Pep Guardiola knows this ill be a difficult group and that you can’t overlook any club. Speaking prior to the debut of City’s new campaign in the UCL, he spoke about expectation and more.

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“The players have feelings and soul and it hurts when you cannot achieve. It’s a new challenge to try.

“These guys win three in the last four Premier Leagues and we always have the feeling we can do better.

“It’s something we want but many teams want it too. It depends on many, many things.”

“It is the first game in the group stage and to talk about the latter stages we have to deserve to be there,” he added.

“When we start this competition every season and people ask who is the favourite I cannot answer you. It is unpredictable - many strong teams. The group stage is always difficult.

“Leipzig are always very good. They have a strong philosophy - young players, dynamic, physical, strong, playing narrow in all senses.

“One step at a time. Tomorrow it is Leipzig and it is always important to start well, especially at home.”

“I accept that [people say I need to win the Champions League],” he said. “Every year is the same.

“If I win the Champions League, I will be happy for the club. If we are not going to do it, we are not going to do it. After people will analyse my period.

“I try to do my best and people will judge my job, like I judge my players. They have done incredible for the last five years.”

Pep will have the team well prepared and hopefully its the start of a fantastic UCL run.