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Guardiola insists City believe they can repeat last season heroics & defend UCL

  /  autty

Pep Guardiola claims that belief is coursing through Manchester City that they can defend the Champions League this season.

Although the City boss last week maintained they only have a 0.01 per cent chance of repeating the Treble, he talked up their prospects in Europe ahead of facing Copenhagen in the last 16 on Tuesday.

City have reached at least the semi-finals in each of the last three years, final getting their hands on the trophy last June, and Guardiola is convinced they can do it again.

‘When I arrived eight years ago I had the feeling maybe this competition was too much for us,’ Guardiola said.

‘I felt, “are you sure Pep, are we ready to do it?” Now the whole organisation believes we can do it.

‘This is the best legacy that we’ve given to the club and to the team - that Man City can compete.’

Guardiola added: ‘All our defeats and bad moments helped us to grow up and be in the position we are in and the whole club has an awareness that we can try to be ourselves

‘We feel it more than ever in the Premier League and in the Champions League - we want to do it again. We have good characters and personalities in the team with how they react in the bad moments.’