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Man City boss dismisses Champions League “obsession” following Trent Alexander-Arnold dig

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Man City boss dismisses Champions League “obsession” following Trent Alexander-Arnold dig

Despite mounting pressure to win the Champions League, Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano insists the Premier League remains the club’s “bread and butter.”

Pep Guardiola’s team has come close to winning club football’s biggest prize in recent years, but a string of near-misses and stunning defeats has prolonged their wait.

Last season, the Premier League champions gave up a sizable lead to eventual winners Real Madrid in the final 15 minutes of normal time and the start of extra time.

Despite this, Soriano has stated that the club does not feel any additional pressure to win the Champions League, though he is confident that they will do so one day.

The City manager was present for the draw for this season’s group stage, and was asked if the competition was the club’s priority.

Soriano claimed: ” No, it’s never. Our priority is always the Premier League, we work for it everyday, it is our bread and butter. The Champions League of course is an aspiration, but it’s not an obsession, but we will win it, I am sure.”

His remarks come six months after Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to fire a subtle jab at title rivals City.

The Reds right-back discussed Guardiola’s team’s inability to compete on multiple fronts in recent seasons.

“Not making any digs, but you look at Man City’s amazing team and they haven’t been able to lift the Champions League. They won a couple of Prems but haven’t been able to win the Champions League. We’ve won both over the last few years and it shows you we can do it in both competitions.

The City CEO also commented on the group into which his team was drawn, as Guardiola can now plan games against Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

” I guess you can never be completely happy or unhappy about the draw, but I think we have good teams to play and it will be great to go back to Sevilla, the last time we went there was in 2009,” he added. Even Copenhagen we were there in 2009, and of course Dortmund we were there recently in that will be a special game, especially for [Erling] Haaland and [Ilkay] Gundogan.”

The match against Dortmund is Haaland’s first return to the Signal Iduna Park since leaving the club earlier this summer to join City.

Soriano discussed how the Norwegian striker will react to news of his earlier-than-expected return to his old club’s turf.

“I think he will enjoy it. It’s a fantastic stadium and the last time that we went there, there were no fans due to Covid, so it will be a great experience for fans, both in Dortmund and in Manchester. I am very excited.”

Man City boss dismisses Champions League “obsession” following Trent Alexander-Arnold dig

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