Pep Guardiola must change his approach in Europe to challenge for Champions League title, says former Manchester City defender


Richard Dunne has hailed Manchester City for their stunning Premier League title win, but insists manager Pep Guardiola must change his approach in the Champions League if they want to be crowned European champions next year.

City’s Premier League title win was finally confirmed this weekend after the runaway leaders claimed a 3-1 win over Tottenham and rivals Manchester United were beaten by rock-bottom West Brom.

They have been the dominant force in English football this season, wrapping up the title with five games still to play, and, even after their recent blip in form, they still have the chance to break the record for most points accumulated in an English top flight season.

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But while the team have enjoyed unparalleled success in the Premier League this term, the club are still waiting for the Champions League crown their owners are so eager to claim.

And Dunne, the former City defender and four-time Player of the Year, says the onus is on Guardiola to change his style of play to ensure his side compete with Europe’s elite next season.

Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Dunne said: “The whole plan has been to be the best in Europe, and they’re certainly on their way, they’re getting there.

“I think the problem Pep has had, and he’s suffered it before, is where he’s tried to attack teams who are not there for the taking.

“Liverpool took advantage of that, especially in the first leg. They have to realise the different situations. That’s one thing they need to improve on.”

Dunne also believes the club need to prioritise strengthening their back-four in the summer transfer window.

Recent rumours have claimed Guardiola is eyeing a new central midfielder and forward player, having missed out on Alexis Sanchez and Riyad Mahrez in January.

But Dunne says reinforcing their back line is more important and belevies if they do that, they will challenge for the European crown next term.

“They’re going to have to strengthen in the centre-half position,” he added.

“When Kompany is there it’s great, but he’s getting on a little bit and Otamendi doesn’t appear to respond well under pressure.

“So I think they need to strengthen their defence and maybe a midfielder to help out Fernandinho as well for those big games.

“I think the opportunity for them to win it [next season] is certainly there.”

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