Pep Guardiola has claimed that Bayern Munich are favourites to win the Champions League this season, rather than his Manchester City side.
City beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 on Wednesday night, but rejected claims that his team could be considered as frontrunners to lift the coveted trophy this term.
The win was their 19th consecutive across competitions, but Guardiola doesn’t believe City are favourites, given their history in the competition.
Speaking after the game, the Spaniard told BT Sport: “When I see Bayern Munich yesterday [4-1 win over Lazio] I don’t think we are favourites.
"Unfortunately today we were not clinical enough upfront."
"In this competition, you have to be perfect to make sure you go through."
Ever the perfectionist, Pep Guardiola wanted even more from his Man City side tonight despite a 2-0 win! 👊
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“My target is West Ham in three days, it’s a big challenge to recover the players and arrive there in the best condition as possible.
“If people say we are favourites we have to accept it, but a team who in their whole history has been in a semi-final once OK, they say it, we have to accept it.”
The Premier League leaders proved to be too good for Marco Rose’s side, who were unable to pin down the City players. Goals from Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus gave Guardiola’s side a crucial away win to take control of the tie.
Bayern establish dominance over Lazio
There is truth to Guardiola’s words, especially after Bayern’s 4-1 romp of Lazio on Tuesday night. Hansi Flick’s men were in command from the get-go, earning an important away win, and inching one step closer to the Champions League quarter-finals.
The team was marred with injuries, and there were doubts over Niklas Sule’s fitness before the game. But Flick’s men did what they do best.
Jamal Musiala became the youngest English scorer in the Champions League, and his strike also made him the youngster Bayern goalscorer in the competition.
The sextuple-winners dominated the game, giving Lazio, who were making their first appearance in the knockout stages of the competition for 21 years, a massive headache to deal with when they travel to the Allianz Arena on March 12.