Mohamed Salah’s message to Pep Guardiola: The Champions League is football’s ‘biggest competition’

(CNN) — Liverpool star Mohamed Salah includes a concept for Manchester City director Pep Guardiola — that the Champions League is football’s”biggest contest”
It’s often claimed that Guardiola’s stewardship of all City is going to be measured by the club winning its first Champions League name, even though the Catalan lately said he would choose winning the English Premier League over European success.
Talking to reporters earlier that month, Guardiola likened Liverpool’s Champions League triumph with a trip to the casino, even comparing it with all the spin of roulette wheel.
Though the Premier League involves playing 38 games against domestic competitions, Liverpool played with 13 games to win the Champions League, emerging from a group comprising Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade, before beating Bayern Munich, Porto, Barcelona and Tottenham.
Guardiola, that won the Champions League double as trainer of Barcelona, insisted the Premier League was”the most important thing, the stand-out competition, as it’s every weekend” As a coach Guardiola last won the Champions League in 2011.
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However, Salah, who believed Liverpool’s opening goal in the 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid, disagrees with the Spaniard, claiming the prestige of winning the contest trumps England’s national crown.
“Honestly, I didn’t understand that he (Guardiola) explained that, but I think if you offer him a choice to select that one, he’d choose the Champions League,” Salah told CNN’s Becky Anderson in an exclusive interview in the club’s Melwood training ground.
“That’s my view. I’m not talking about himbut my view. It’s the biggest competition in football, so everyone wants to win it.
“Every coach, every player wants to win it, fantasies of winning . So needless to say the Premier League also is something big, but the Champions League is the biggest competition”
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While complimentary about Liverpool’s Champions League victory, Guardiola publicly contested City’s domestic depreciation failed to inspire additional adulation.
And while City celebrated another consecutive Premier League title, Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham at June’s Champions League final took centre stage.
“Frankly, it was great,” Salah said of his team’s Champions League success. “It’s a fantasy for everyone, the town, the gamers, to win a Champions League is something really good and something very significant.
“So everybody was having that special moment. I had been really feeling like a kid whose dream comes true.”
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Premier League rivalry
City and Liverpool looks set to restart hostilities in this year’s Premier League title race using Guardiola’s men aiming for a third successive domestic crown.
Since 1990, two years before the advent of the Premier League, has Liverpool been crowned as winner of England’s best division.
And its activity doesn’t look like becoming easier any time soon.
Founded by just a single stage last term, City has spent large in the transfer market with all the #62.8 million ($76 million) signing of midfielder Rodri by Atletico Madrid, as well as splashing out #60 million ($72.4 million) on Portuguese guardian Joao Cancelo.
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Both teams won their opening games of the new year convincingly with Liverpool thrashing Norwich 4-1 and City beating West Ham 5-0 in west London.
However, while City sits at home on Wednesday night preparing for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham, Liverpool is currently in Istanbul for the European Super Cup final.
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The game, which is held yearly between the champions of the Champions League and also Europa League, pits Liverpool against English rival Chelsea.
“I love these games,” Salah said before this tie in Turkey.
“Big games and a final match… they wish to win with a new coach and we also need to win it,” additional Salah, speaking to Chelsea’s new director Frank Lampard.

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