Bernardo Silva has claimed Manchester City fans want to win the Premier League more than the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola’s team now have their title defence back in their hands after Liverpool’s goalless draw in the Merseyside derby.
And the Carabao Cup winners have a 3-2 first leg lead from their Champions League tie with Schalke.
City have won the English title five times and never won Europe’s top club competition – and the club and the players have repeatedly stated their ambition to win the Champions League.
But Silva reckoned: “I think from the fans there is greater pressure to win the Premier League. The club, they are a little bit like Paris Saint-Germain, they have never won the Champions’ League.
“There is this desire amongst everyone to do something about that because it is the best competition in Europe. So of course we want to go as far as possible.
“We know it is not easy because in Europe you have to play against Real Madrid , Barcelona , Bayern Munich, Juventus , Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, the English teams too. I think that these two competitions are the ones where we will look to go as far as possible.”
Portugal’s Silva, who signed from Monaco in 2017 after winning Ligue 1 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals, set to sign new six-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.
Meanwhile, Guardiola insists the title pressure is all on Liverpool .
The City boss said: “Even in their history winning leagues, they didn’t have these results.”
“It’s nice to be there. Two trophies [under him] in our pocket already and being there with Liverpool — the best Liverpool in their history, in terms of points in the Premier League.
“When you have won 100 points the previous season [as the Blues did in romping to last season’s title] you can get complacent, but this time we are there again.”