Pep Guardiola talks about why he will “never surpass” Carlo Ancelotti’s record for Champions League victories.
For the third time in a row, Guardiola won the trophy last year. A victory over Inter Milan in Istanbul brought Manchester City’s historic treble to a successful conclusion.
City won their first-ever Champions League championship thanks to a goal from Rodri in the second half. Additionally, the victory put an end to Guardiola’s 12-year drought without another European title.
1992 champion as a player, he defeated Manchester United in triumphs that propelled his beloved Barcelona to triumph in 2009 and 2011.
As a result, Guardiola has managed to win three times. The most successful manager in competitive history, Carlo Ancelotti, is one ahead of him.
Carlo Ancelotti victories
Additionally, the Italian icon has experienced triumph on four occasions, with two coming at AC Milan and one at Real Madrid, the most recent of which occurred in 2022.
Ancelotti has two more championship medals in his player resume, bringing his total number of victories over Guardiola to four, for a total of six.
Although Guardiola defeated his competitor by a resounding 5-1 aggregate score in the semi-final, he doesn’t see himself beating the 64-year-old.
“I’ve won one as a football player, therefore I can’t defeat him. Although, he won three or four more as a football player,” he told TNT Sports.
“When it comes to Champions League trophies, Ancelotti is unbeatable. Since I am younger than he is, I have more time, but it’s not an objective, to be honest.”
At the Etihad Stadium, City will play Red Star Belgrade in a group-stage matchup to open their defense of their European campaign. Real Madrid also hosts Union Berlin.
Pep Says Manchester City “hasn’t done anything special.”
Furthermore, Pep Guardiola claims that despite only having one Champions League victory, Manchester City “hasn’t done anything special.”
“It will be simpler. The first game is the hardest to win,” Guardiola stated.
“Winning the Champions League for our team is amazing, but how many clubs have ever done that? A lot.
“We are extremely proud, but we haven’t done anything special with just one.”