(CNN) — Liverpool celebrity Mohamed Salah includes a message for Manchester City director Pep Guardiola — that the Champions League is football’s”biggest competition.”
It’s often claimed that Guardiola’s stewardship of City is going to be measured by the club winning its first Champions League title, although the Catalan lately said he’d select winning the English Premier League over European success.
Talking to reporters earlier that month, Guardiola likened Liverpool’s Champions League triumph with a trip to the casino, even comparing it with the twist of roulette wheel.
While the Premier League entails playing 38 games against national competitions, Liverpool played with 13 matches 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 was”the most significant thing, the stand-out competition, as it’s every weekend” As a coach Guardiola last won the Champions League at 2011.
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But Salah, that scored Liverpool’s opening goal in the 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid, disagrees with the Spaniard, asserting the prestige of winning the competition trumps England’s domestic crown.
“Frankly, I did not know that he (Guardiola) explained that, but I guess if you offer him a option to select that one, he’d decide on the Champions League,” Salah told CNN’s Becky Anderson in an exclusive interview at the club’s Melwood training ground.
“That’s my opinion. I am not talking about him, but my opinion. It’s the biggest competition in football, so everyone wants to win it.
“Every single coach, every player wants to win it, dreams of winning it. So of course the Premier League is something large, but still the Champions League is the largest competition.”
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While free about Liverpool’s Champions League victory, Guardiola publicly contested City’s domestic treble failed to inspire more adulation.
And while City celebrated a second consecutive Premier League title, Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham in June’s Champions League final took center stage.
“Honestly, it was amazing,” Salah said of the team’s Champions League success. “it is a fantasy for everyone, the city, the gamers, to win a Champions League is something so great and something very significant.
“So everyone was having that particular moment. I had been really feeling like a kid whose dream comes true.”
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Premier League competition
City and Liverpool seems set to restart hostilities in this season’s Premier League title race using Guardiola’s men aiming for a third successive domestic crown.
Since 1990, two years before the advent of the Premier League, has Liverpool been crowned as winner of England’s top division.
And its task does not look like becoming easier any time soon.
Separated by just a single point last word, City has invested big in the transport market with all the #62.8 million ($76 million) signing of midfielder Rodri in Atletico Madrid, as well as splashing out #60 million ($72.4 million) on Portuguese defender Joao Cancelo.
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Both teams won their opening games of the new season with Liverpool thrashing Norwich 4-1 and City beating West Ham 5-0 in west London.
But while City sits at home on Wednesday night planning for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham, Liverpool is in Istanbul for its European Super Cup final.
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The game, which will be held annually between the champions of the Champions League and also Europa League, pits Liverpool against English rival Chelsea.
“I really like these games,” Salah said ahead of this tie in Turkey.
“Big games plus a last game… they would like to acquire with a new coach and also you want to win it,” additional Salah, speaking to Chelsea’s new director Frank Lampard.

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