HomeChampions LeagueMan City's domestic consistency will lead to Champions League success - Soriano

Man City’s domestic consistency will lead to Champions League success – Soriano

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester City v West Ham United – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain – February 19, 2020 Manchester City Chief Executive Ferran Soriano in the stands before the match REUTERS/Phil Noble

(Reuters) – Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano believes the club’s consistency in the Premier League will aid in their efforts to add an elusive Champions League trophy to their cabinet.

City have won four of the last five league titles, but they have yet to find success on Europe’s biggest stage, coming closest to ending their quest for a Champions League title when they reached the final in 2021 only to be defeated by Chelsea.

“What we did in the last three years is extraordinary,” Soriano said on Thursday. “We have won four of the last five Premier Leagues, which means we are very consistent in the way we work and the way we play.

“… we also get runs to the final and runs to the semi-final (of the Champions League).

“I qualify this as a success no matter what because I know that if we continue to do the same year after year, one day we will get to the final again and one day we will win it. We are not obsessed, but I know it’s going to happen.”

On Thursday, City were drawn in Group G of this season’s Champions League, where they will face Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and FC Copenhagen.

Soriano said the two games against Dortmund would be “special”.

“We did play (Dortmund) in 2021 in the quarter-final but it was during COVID-19 time with no fans and that was a pity,” Sorriano said.

“Now we will have the experience of playing in Dortmund and in Manchester with fans and maybe with the additional excitement that we have a couple of players that used to play for Dortmund: Erling Haaland and Ilkay Gundogan.”

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill)