Pep Guardiola will take satisfaction from the work that goes into Manchester City’s defence of the Premier League if they can claim another title, but admits the emotions are higher with the Champions League.

Europe’s holy grail is continuing to elude Guardiola and City and they suffered heartbreak in midweek, conceding twice in the final minute at the Bernabeu to throw away a commanding position against Real Madrid, before losing in extra-time.

Guardiola’s desire to see City rule Europe can sometimes see their domestic achievements downplayed, but if they do pip Liverpool over the final weeks of the campaign it will be a fourth league title in five years.

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The work that goes into succeeding in a 38-game season gives Guardiola immense satisfaction, but the Catalan believes the emotions of the Champions League cannot be beaten.

City were involved in another classic in their semi-final defeat to Real Madrid, losing 6-5 on aggregate, and they have often been on the wrong end of thrilling contests in Europe.

The Champions League is earning a reputation for unparalleled drama and Guardiola compared the emotion throughout the knockout rounds to constantly reliving Sergio Aguero’s title-winning goal for City against Queens Park Rangers a decade ago.

“I understand both sides, the Champions League is so nice, so attractive, the emotion it gives you, the Champions League is like when after 93 minutes and 20 seconds Sergio Aguero scored that goal, the Champions League is that in the quarter-finals, semi-final and final. It’s incomparable,” said Guardiola.

“People say Premier League or Champions League, both are awesome, it’s top, but the emotions it gives you in that competition, the Madrid fans when they live I’m jealous, wow.

“I was not here when Sergio scored but I’ve seen the clips, I think it’s a decade now, when Sergio scored that goal it’s like [that] in the Champions League.

“The other side to the Premier League is the work daily, the father and the mother wake up every morning to go to work, to bring food home, the day after day after day, this is the Premier League and I like it a lot, especially because we are fighting an extraordinary team in the last three or four years and I feel we push them and they push us to our limits, being there it’s fantastic.”

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