Pep Guardiola knows his Manchester City side’s domination of English football will count for nothing unless they win the Champions League.
City completed an unprecedented domestic treble on Saturday when they won the FA Cup with a 6-0 demolition of Watford at Wembley, adding to the Premier League and Carabao Cup they had already won.
It proved a fitting send-off for captain Vincent Kompany, who on Sunday announced he is leaving to become Belgian side Anderlecht’s player-manager.
Guardiola has turned City into one of the best ever English sides and they look set to dominate on home soil for some time, but their lack of success in Europe remains a black mark against them.
They were knocked out of the Champions League at this season’s quarter-final stage by Tottenham – a team they finished 27 points ahead of in the league.
Guardiola said his current crop had to start achieving in Europe.
“I said before that I know we will be judged at the end on whether we win the Champions League,” Guardiola said.
“This comes with me. I know that. I arrive in Barcelona, we were lucky we won it two times in four years and the people expect I am something special that we have to win the Champions League and it’s still true.”
Worryingly for the rest of the Premier League’s top six, Guardiola said he was determined to improve City for next season, though warned not to expect a repeat of the “once in a lifetime” domestic treble.