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Manchester City became the first English men’s team to win all three domestic trophies with their record-equalling 6-0 drubbing of Watford at Wembley on Saturday after they had already secured the league title and Carabao Cup.
“I said before that I know we will be judged at the end on whether we win the Champions League,” he said. “I know unless we do that it will not be enough.
“This comes with me, I know that.
“I arrived in Barcelona, we were lucky and we won it two times in four years and the people expect I am something special and that we have to win the Champions League. That’s still true.
“Even at this club, getting the points record last season and winning all these domestic competitions is incredible.”
City had to win 14 games on the trot to keep their noses in front of Liverpool in the Premier League and the emphatic manner in which they saw off Watford should have carved his side a permanent place in history.
City will parade their three trophies – plus the Community Shield – in an open-top bus tour on Monday night.
However there is still a feeling after they were narrowly beaten by Tottenham on away goals in the Champions League semi-finals that there is one trophy missing.
“The Champions League we don’t win quite so often compared to the other ones because the teams are so good,” Guardiola said, before issuing a warning on City’s chances of repeating this season’s exploits. “The competition is so demanding.
“But we want to win it, and I wouldn’t be here next season unless I believed we could improve as a group.
“We need to continue to try to play well and to arrive at the later stages of competitions, fighting.
“That is what I want, that is my target for the next season, to keep this spirit. I know it will be difficult because people will compare us to this season.
“People cannot expect us to repeat the treble or win four titles in one season, that is something one team does once in their lifetime.”
It is the relentless run of fixtures that has been the undoing of teams looking for a clean sweep of domestic honours in the past and although City sprinted over the line, a 61-game season has taken a good deal out of them all, including Guardiola himself.
“I’m so tired, but I’m so happy,” Guardiola admitted. “I’m incredibly happy, but exhausted and that is the truth.
“I need to keep my energy a little to do our parade and our last party of the season with our people… and then go on our holidays. I will be with the family and play some golf.
“Next I will talk with Txiki Begiristain, the sporting director, and decide what we want to do next season
“Then it’s back to the competition itself – even the friendlies. When you get scared to lose again or scared to play badly, you know the battery has already recharged and you are ready to go.”