Pep Guardiola believes he may well be relieved of his managerial duties at the Etihad sports stadium if Manchester city lose against Real Madrid within the Champions League.
City have been unable to keep up their domestic dominance in 2019-20, with Liverpool storming twenty two points clear at the top of the Premier League after twenty five fixtures.
The Blues look destined to miss out on a 3rd consecutive title, however they need progressed to another carabao final, the fifth round of the fa Cup and therefore the knockout stages in Europe’s elite competition.
Guardiola was touted as the man to end City’s wait for Champions League glory once he inherited the managerial reigns at the Etihad in 2016, however he has thus far been unable to guide the team more than the quarter-final stage.
The Spaniard – who won the trophy twice whereas in charge of Barcelona – thinks City’s season will be considered a failure if they’re unable to get past Real Madrid within the last sixteen.
Guardiola says the actual fact city haven’t conquered Europe adds to the issue of the task at hand, with expectations at the Etihad at an all-time high.
“That’s why it’s therefore troublesome to win it. And in one hundred and additional seasons of history for Manchester city, it had been one hundred seasons of failure – that’s not true,” he told football Daily .
“There are several unbelievable players that made our fans happy, and (times when) our fans enjoyed a part of the season. i do know the folks say ‘You are good’ or ‘You’re not good enough.
“I settle for it. i need to win the Champions League, I dream and will enjoy the games against Real Madrid, to see what I will do.
“And this process, the 2 weeks before, are the happiest moments of my profession, to imagine what we will do to beat them.
“If we don’t beat them, then the chairman will come back, or the sporting director, and say ‘It’s not good enough, we want the Champions League, I’m going to sack you’.
“Then ‘OK, thank you, it had been a pleasure.’”
When asked if he genuinely believes his job may well be underneath threat if he does not deliver the Champions League, Guardiola responded: “I don’t know, again and again it has happened. or even he will say ‘OK you’ve done well, however what can we improve?’
“Since I arrived, that’s what I have got from this club – what can we do, then do it better and do it better. that’s the process.
“Liverpool have spent four or 5 years to win the first title last season. it had been a process – new players, the process, then invest a lot of and a lot of, and that they are the best team within the world right now.
“Always folks believe that you are pep, otherwise you are Jurgen, or another name, therefore you have got to win all the titles, get 2 thousand million points, 2 thousand million goals.
“Sometimes it’s unattainable. generally there are opponents, sometimes you cannot do it because in no sport does one team win all the titles all the time. It’s not possible.
“We give a bad, bad message for the new generation, to our youngsters, to simply count the winner, the trophies.
“You aforementioned the season would be a disaster, however if we win the Champions League it might be sensational. Why?”
City will take in a visit to Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg of their tie with Madrid on Feb twenty six, with the reverse fixture set to take place 3 weeks later.
The English champions are presently looking ahead to a Premier League meeting with West Ham, that was rescheduled because of the intense weather caused by ‘Storm Ciara’ last weekend.