Pep Guardiola has said his Manchester City side don’t deserve the accolade of being called Europe’s best team, just yet.
City lead the Premier League comfortably and have won their last 20 matches in all competitions, creating a new record for an English top-flight side in the process.
It has become the third best winning sequence across Europe’s top five leagues, behind Bayern Munich’s 23 in a row racked up last season, and Real Madrid’s 22 successive victories back in 2014.
The Citizens are in with a chance of the quadruple this season, but Guardiola isn’t resting on any laurels and is not taking it in just yet.
Speaking after the weekend, Pep said: “We don’t have time. There are many games, every three days a game, so we have to rest and think of the next one.
“We are delighted with what we have done so far, we cannot deny it. If no team has done it before it means how difficult it is.
“But, at the end, what counts in the world is if you lift the trophies or not. Still we cannot sit down on the sofa and say how good everything is.
“There is a lot of work to do and I have signals that we can still improve.”
West Ham manager David Moyes had described City as the best team in Europe following his team’s loss at the Etihad on Saturday, but Guardiola says that accolade still needs to be earned in silverware.
He said: “The best team in Europe is Bayern Munich because they won everything, they are the best. In England the champions are Liverpool, they are the best.
“The crown, if you want to take it, you have to win. In February, March no one is champion.”
City are 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League and Guardiola feels the coming week will be crucial to their title hopes. A mobile betting app punt on City going on to win the quadruple would certainly reward your richly, but will it actually happen? It feels like if City are ever going to win the Champions League, then this is the year.