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

(CNN) — Liverpool celebrity Mohamed Salah includes a concept for Manchester City director Pep Guardiola — the Champions League is football’s”biggest contest” It’s often claimed that Guardiola’s stewardship of City will be measured by the club winning its first Champions League name, even though the Catalan lately said he’d pick winning the English Premier League over European victory. Talking to reporters earlier that month, Guardiola likened Liverpool’s Champions League triumph with a trip to the casino, comparing it with the twist of roulette wheel. While the Premier League entails playing 38 games from domestic competitions, Liverpool played with 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 coach of Barcelona, insisted that the Premier League has been”the most significant thing, the stand-out competition, since it’s every weekend.” As a trainer Guardiola last won the Champions League at 2011. READ: Female girls’not afraid’ as she prepares to make history READ:”’Equal pay absurd,’ says best football coach However, Salah, that scored Liverpool’s opening goal in the 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid, contrasts with the Spaniard, claiming the prestige of winning the competition trumps England’s national crown. “Honestly, I didn’t understand that he (Guardiola) said that, but I think if you give him a decision to choose which one, he’d decide on the Champions League,” Salah told CNN’s Becky Anderson in a private interview in the club’s Melwood training ground. “That is my view. I’m not speaking about himbut my view. It is the biggest competition in soccer, so everybody wants to win it. “Every single coach, every player wants to win it, fantasies of winning it. So of course the Premier League also is something large, but the Champions League is the largest competition” READ: Istanbul pub owners seeking for English soccer fans READ: Salah comforts young fan floored by streetlamp While free about Liverpool’s Champions League victory, Guardiola publicly questioned why City’s domestic depreciation failed to inspire more adulation. And while City celebrated another successive Premier League title, Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham at June’s Champions League final took center stage. “Honestly, it was amazing,” Salah said of the team’s Champions League success. “it is a dream for everyone, the town, the gamers, to win a Champions League is something really good and something very large. “So everybody was having that special moment. I had been feeling like a kid whose dream comes true.” READ: Premier League predictions: Liverpool or City? READ: Premier League clubs invest $1.7 billion in summer transfer window Premier League competition City and Liverpool seems set to resume hostilities in this season’s Premier League title race with Guardiola’s men aiming for a third successive domestic crown. Since 1990, two years before the arrival of the Premier League, has Liverpool been crowned as champion of England’s top division. And its task doesn’t seem like becoming easier anytime soon. Separated by just a single stage past word, City has spent large in the transfer market with the #62.8 million ($76 million) signing of midfielder Rodri by Atletico Madrid, as well as splashing #60 million ($72.4 million) on Portuguese defender Joao Cancelo. READ: Christian Pulisic: From Pennsylvania to London (through Brackley and Dortmund) READ: Chelsea humbled by Manchester United on Premier League’s opening weekend The two teams won their opening matches of the new season with Liverpool thrashing Norwich 4-1 and City crushing 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. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, videos and features The game, which is held yearly between the champions of the Champions League and Europa League, pits Liverpool against English rival Chelsea. “I love these matches,” Salah said ahead of the tie in Turkey. “Big games and a last match… they want to win with a new trainer and we also need to win it,” additional Salah, speaking to Chelsea’s new director Frank Lampard.

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