Manchester told to learn from Bayern and Barca

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has challenged his side to emulate Laliga giants Barcelona and Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich if they are to dominate the football scene.

City thumped Burnley 5-0 to move into the fifth round of the FA Cup next month when they will also defend their EFL Cup crown in a Wembley final against Chelsea and take on Bundesliga side Schalke in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The reigning Premier League champions remain four points behind leaders Liverpool but boast an aggregate of 28-0 in the six games across all competitions since they beat Jurgen Klopp’s men 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on January 3.

“I know you are so generous and thank you so much guys, but every time you make that comment we lose a competition,” he said when asked by reporters about the prospect of a clean sweep.

“It’s important now that at the end of January we are still there. At the big clubs, that is the big difference.  I’ve said many times: who are the best teams in the last decade? Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona. These are the three best teams in Europe. Why? Because every season they win the league, every season they win the cups, every season they are there. Because they are the best.

“We can – not get close to them, because it’s difficult – but imitate them. Being in the competition until the last stages. Sometimes you are lucky, sometimes not, but be there. That’s what I want.

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