Ruben Dias says Guardiola's legacy doesn't depend on Champions League

Ruben Dias claims Pep Guardiola’s legacy does NOT depend on winning Champions League ahead of their clash with Paris Saint-Germain

  • City meet Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday in a repeat of last season’s semi-final 
  • The Spaniard hasn’t added to the Champions League trophies he won at Barca
  • Although he has won the league and completed a unique domestic clean sweep
  • Defender Dias believes Guardiola’s legacy is secure even if they don’t win it 

Ruben Dias has insisted that Pep Guardiola’s status as an all-time great won’t depend on Manchester City winning the Champions League.

City meet PSG on Tuesday in a repeat of last season’s semi-final that Guardiola’s side won 4-1 on aggregate before losing the final to Chelsea.

It means the Spaniard hasn’t added to the Champions League trophies he won at Barcelona in 2009 and 2011 but Footballer of the Year Dias says that hasn’t affected his legacy given he’s made history with City by winning the league with a hundred points and completing a unique domestic clean sweep.

Ruben Dias claims Pep Guardiola’s legacy does not depend on winning Champions League

‘He’s one of the best managers ever. What he has done, not only here but in Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is incredible,’ said Dias.

‘People think that it is easy to manage at a top club, but it comes with challenges and the manager has been successful everywhere he’s been.

‘It’s not just what he’s won but his style of play. It’s a pleasure to be part of it and he’ll keep pushing us to keep winning trophies.’

PSG have added Lionel Messi to a galaxy of stars that already includes Kylian Mbappe and Neymar though the Argentine superstar is a doubt for this week’s group game with a knee injury.

He hasn’t added to the Champions League trophies he won at Barcelona in 2009 and 2011

Nevertheless, Dias says he is ‘one of the best managers ever’ due to what he has done at City

Though the Champions League continues to be a holy grail for City, Dias says reaching the final last time can’t be regarded as failure.

‘Getting there was a huge moment – it was the first time in the club’s history,’ he argues.

‘Winning would have been incredible but it can only help us to have had that experience. To be that close gives you motivation to hopefully go one step further.

‘It was the first time most of our squad had been in a Champions League final and that sort of experience is invaluable. We have been strong for a number of years now, it hasn’t quite been enough, but last season we proved to ourselves that we can get to the very late stages. After that it’s a one-off game.

‘We had big moments last season, away at Dortmund, home and away against PSG. Ultimately only one team wins the Champions League every season and many strong teams miss out. The level is very high.

‘The most important takeaway for us last season was that was we might not have won the competition, but we’d got further than we ever had in the past.’

Manchester City miss out on Champions League glory last year after losing to Chelsea

Guardiola has, however, made history with City by winning the league with a hundred points and completing a unique domestic clean sweep

If Messi misses out, PSG will still remain a threat in Paris. ‘You want to test yourself against the best but whether its Messi, Mbappe, Neymar, Icardi, PSG have amazing strength in depth no matter who it is we face.

City won their opening Champions League tie campaign with an extraordinary 6-3 victory against Leipzig in which £100million record signing Jack Grealish starred with a wonder goal.

‘Jack is an outstanding talent,’ said Dias. ‘He has fitted into the changing room really well and been important for us at the start of the season.

‘He has something that not many players have in terms of his vision and the ability to pick a pass, but also how he runs with the ball and takes on players.

‘That makes him unpredictable for defenders. I’m sure he’s going to be the difference for us a lot this season.’




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