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

(CNN) — Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has a concept for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola — that the Champions League is football’s”biggest contest”
It’s often argued 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 recently said he would choose winning the English Premier League over European success.
Speaking to reporters earlier this month, Guardiola likened Liverpool’s Champions League triumph with a visit to the casino, comparing it with all the spin of roulette wheel.
Though the Premier League entails playing 38 games against national rivals, Liverpool played 13 games to win the Champions League, emerging out of a group containing Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade, before beating Bayern Munich, Porto, Barcelona and Tottenham.
Guardiola, that won the Champions League twice as trainer of Barcelona, insisted the Premier League has been”the most significant thing, the stand-out competition, because it is every weekend.” As a trainer Guardiola final won the Champions League at 2011.
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But Salah, who believed Liverpool’s opening goal in the 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid, contrasts with the Spaniard, asserting the prestige of winning the contest trumps England’s domestic crown.
“Frankly, I didn’t know that he (Guardiola) stated that, but I guess if you give him a choice to choose that one, he’d pick the Champions League,” Salah told CNN’s Becky Anderson in an exclusive interview at the club’s Melwood training ground.
“That’s my opinion. I’m not speaking about himbut my opinion. It’s the largest competition in football, so everybody wants to win it.
“Every coach, every player wants to win it, dreams of winning it. So needless to say the Premier League also is something large, but still 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 treble failed to inspire more adulation.
And while City celebrated another consecutive Premier League title, Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham in June’s Champions League final took center stage.
“Frankly, it was fantastic,” Salah said of his team’s Champions League success. “It’s a fantasy for everybody, the town, the gamers, to acquire a Champions League is something so good and something really significant.
“So everyone was having that special moment. I was feeling like a child whose fantasy comes true.”
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Premier League rivalry
City and Liverpool looks set to resume hostilities in this year’s Premier League title race using Guardiola’s guys aiming for a third consecutive domestic crown.
Not since 1990, two decades before the advent of the Premier League, has Liverpool been crowned as winner of England’s best division.
And its job does not look like getting easier anytime soon.
Founded by just a single point past word, City has spent large in the transfer market with all the #62.8 million ($76 million) signing of midfielder Rodri from Atletico Madrid, as well as splashing #60 million ($72.4 million) on Portuguese defender Joao Cancelo.
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Both teams won their opening matches of the new year convincingly with Liverpool thrashing Norwich 4-1 along with City beating West Ham 5-0 in east London.
However, while City sits at home on Wednesday night planning for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham, Liverpool is currently in Istanbul for the European Super Cup final.
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The match, which is held annually between the winners of the Champions League and Europa League, pits Liverpool against English rival Chelsea.
“I really like these games,” Salah said ahead of this tie in Turkey.
“Big games and a final match… they wish to win with a new trainer and also you want to win it,” additional Salah, speaking to Chelsea’s new manager Frank Lampard.

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