PEP GUARDIOLA insists style is ‘more important’ than silverware… after missing out on trophy for first season ever at Manchester City.
The Spanish chief has never ended a season empty-handed after trophy-laden stints at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
However, his side conceded the Premier League title-race months ago, before being knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco and the FA Cup at the semi-final stage at the hands of Arsenal.
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Yet Guardiola is not ending the season on a low, saying the season has gone exactly as he hoped – based on the side’s style of play.
He told ESPN Brasil: “The team has played the way I wanted. We didn’t play good enough, there were teams that did better.
“In Europe, we still don’t have the level to compete. City had gone 35 years without playing in Europe [Champions League].
“The club crossed the round of 16 just once. So, we need time to have conditions to compete.
“But the team played, like how we did at Barcelona and Bayern, how I always want my teams to play.
“It is more important to me than winning a trophy.”
As yet, Man City haven’t even confirmed their spot in the Premier League’s top four with Arsenal and Liverpool also vying with them for just two Champions League spots.
But Guardiola is adamant next season will be more fruitful when players like Gabriel Jesus are around for the full campaign.
He added: “I’m sorry the misfortune of the injury, which hurt us a lot, because it isn’t ‘either Gabriel or Sergio.
“They can perfectly play together. Certainly, with both of them, we would be stronger.”