Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City do not have the history of Manchester United and has suggested it could take 10 years to match their local rivals.
City have won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups in the past six years but Guardiola believes they need to be playing in the Champions League consistently over the next decade to establish themselves further alongside some of Europe’s biggest names.
City have been involved in the Champions League every year since 2010 and reached the semi-finals last season under former boss Manuel Pellegrini where they were beaten by eventual winners Real Madrid.
“We don’t have the history with this shirt, of Barcelona, Juventus, [Bayern] Munich or Manchester United. Not their titles,” Guardiola said in quotes reported by the Daily Mirror.
“It’s about being in Europe and over the next decade to be there [in the Champions League] every year. That’s more important to this club than winning one title, believe me, more than that.
“We have to convince people at this amazing club that they are good. They are good. And the fans as well.
“They have to believe they are good, the club is good, the players are good.”
Manchester City reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last year