Guardiola dismisses Champions League favourites tag

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola played down suggestions his team are favourites to win the Champions League.

City are unbeaten in 18 matches in all competitions this season, holding an eight-point lead atop the Premier League and having already qualified for the last 16 in the Champions League.

Ahead of hosting Feyenoord on Tuesday, Guardiola said it was nice for his side to be placed among Europe’s elite – but he said they had plenty of work still to do.

“For Manchester City, a team that still needs a history in Europe, that is a big win,” the Spaniard said.

That doesn’t mean we are favourites to win the Champions League, but it’s nice.

“It means we are doing some things very well. But obviously, people usually say the favourite teams are FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and others.

“People putting us there is a big honour but that does not mean we have done anything because we haven’t. Manchester City still have a big history to build in Europe.”

With City having won all four Group F matches and sitting three points clear ahead of facing a point-less Feyenoord, Guardiola plans to rotate his squad for Tuesday’s clash…