This is the last thing Man City fans want to hear from their leader.
Pep Guardiola has claimed that City are ten years behind local rivals Man United in terms of status.
The Catalan boss reckons his club need another decade of Champions League football if they are to establish themselves in the same class as the Red Devils.
“We don’t have the history with this shirt,” Guardiola said, “Of Barcelona, Juventus, Munich or Manchester United. Not their titles.
“It’s about being in Europe and over the next decade to be there [in the Champions League] every year. That’s more important to this club than winning one title, believe me, more than that.
“We have to convince people at this amazing club that they are good. They are good. And the fans as well.”
While it’s true that United are still way ahead in term’s of global recognition and history, the fact is City have been more marginally more successful over the last few seasons.
Since 2010/11, City have won two league titles and two League Cups while United have one league title and one FA Cup to their name in the same period.
In fact since the start of the 2010/11 season, no English team has racked up more league points than Man City.
That’s the sort of stuff you should be focusing on Pep, not the decade of work you’ve got to put in just to be recognised as a ‘big team’.