Guardiola: No easy road to greatness

Manchester City stands on the brink of a groundbreaking achievement, but Pep Guardiola knows tough challenges remain on the road ahead.

Pep Guardiola has Manchester City in contention for an unprecedented quadruple.   -  Getty Images

Pep Guardiola insists there is no easy path to greatness and Manchester City has a tough time ahead of it if it is to make history.

City remains in contention to win an unprecedented quadruple, with the EFL Cup already in the trophy cabinet.

Guardiola has previously spoken of his admiration for the momentous achievement of Manchester's other headline act in the 1998-99 season, when United swept all before it, apart from the League Cup.

Such lofty feats are of particular interest to Guardiola, who had experienced notable success at Barcelona and Bayern Munich before arriving at the Etihad Stadium to boost City's more modest trophy haul.

"I'm quite curious about the teams that achieved something good; the reasons why and what they have done," he said.

"It's clear that winning the treble is not easy. It happened in Germany, I went there the year after Jupp Heynckes got it.

"I like to know the way they did it. And every time, when I look at these kind of big, big issues, always it's tough.

"There are always moments where you need to be lucky, and having personalities in the big moments can help the team to achieve.

"But I cannot compare us with what United have done. They have done what we haven't.

"It's important to know the way and that the players know how difficult it is. Not simple. People say the treble is easy. Definitely not. It's always tough."

City is a heavy favourite to overcome Brighton, a side it beat 2-0 at home in the league and will meet again on what could be a decisive final day.

Tottenham is its next opponent in Europe, with City staying down in London after the Seagulls clash to prepare for Tuesday's Champions League first leg.