Pep Guardiola has explained why he will “never beat” Carlo Ancelotti’s Champions League record.
Guardiola got his hands on the trophy for the third time last season, guiding Manchester City to a historic treble win that was complete with a triumph over Inter Milan in Istanbul.
A winner as a player in 1992, he led his beloved Barcelona to glory in 2009 and 2011 with wins over Manchester United.
Guardiola’s tally therefore stands at three as a manager but he is still one behind Carlo Ancelotti, the most successful manager in the history of the competition.
The Italian legend has tasted victory on four occasions, with two apiece at AC Milan and Real Madrid – the latest of which came in 2022.
As a player though, Ancelotti has another two winners’ medals in his collection – making it 6-4 between him and Guardiola overall.
But while Guardiola got the better of his rival with a thumping 5-1 semi-final aggregate win, avenging the outcome from the previous season – he doesn’t envision surpassing the 64-year-old.
“You can never beat Ancelotti when it comes to Champions League trophies”
“I’m younger than him so I’ve got time”
— Football on TNT Sports (@footballontnt) September 19, 2023
“I cannot beat him because I won one as a footballer player but he as a football player won three or four more,” he told TNT Sports.
“You can never beat Ancelotti when it comes to Champions League trophies. I am younger than him so I have more time but honestly it is not a target.”
City kick off the defence of the European campaign against Red Star Belgrade with a group stage game at the Etihad Stadium, while Real Madrid host Union Berlin.