‘The Premier League is our bread and butter’ – Man City chief boasts as he talks about Chelsea

Pep Guardiola
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Chelsea are the last English side to win the Champions League, with the Blues winning the prestigious trophy in 2021.

For Manchester City, they have become a strong force in the Premier League in recent years, but Pep Guardiola’s side have been unable to translate that success to Europe.

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has however claimed that the Premier League champions are “not obsessed’ with winning the Champions League.

According to Soriano, Man City are the strongest side in the  Premier League.

He said: “Whoever wins the league is the best team in the league. We say internally, ‘the league is our bread and butter. This is what we do for a living: the league’.

“The Champions League is a trophy that we want, but we know that it is subject to a bit of luck and we are not obsessed.

“People talk today about the success that Madrid have had in recent years, and I think it would be fair to say that they were a bit lucky.

“Perhaps I could say that they deserved to lose against PSG, against Chelsea, against us or against Liverpool.”

Meanwhile, former Man City goalkeeper Shay Given, has warned his former side that selling Sterling to Chelsea may come back to haunt them.

“He’s a top player, but for whatever reason in the last 12 or 18 months him and Pep, have not fallen out, but he’s just not started every game,” Given told talkSPORT.

“Sterling is a player that strikes me that would not be happy coming off the bench and being a bit-part player in the last six or seven months.

“Will he come back and bite Pep, maybe? That’s the thing from a City point of view, do you think he will come back and score a goal towards the end of the season that wins the league for Chelsea.

“He’s a top player, but with 12 months left £50million is still a lot of money. With the Financial Fair Play, City have to balance the books and they are still trying to bring in players as well.

“It might fit well for both clubs.”