Pep Guardiola admits that Manchester City may fire him if they don’t beat Real Madrid in the Champions League
Pep Guardiola admits that Manchester City can SACK him if they don’t beat Real Madrid in a huge Champions League draw
- Pep Guardiola has admitted that his job at Man City could run on Real Madrid draw
- City faces Madrid in the first round of knockouts in the Champions League
- Guardiola has never taken City beyond the quarter-finals in the competition
- He said: “If we don’t beat them, the president can knock on my door and fire me”
Pep Guardiola believes that Manchester City can fire him if they don’t beat Real Madrid in their blockbuster Champions League draw.
The cityscape will hand over their Premier League title to Liverpool in May with the men of Jurgen Klopp 22 points at the top of the table.
The men of Guardiola can still win the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and the Champions League this season, but it is the last one that the club desperately wants to get hold of.
Pep Guardiola said he may be fired if Man City Real does not beat Madrid in the Champions League
Have the Premier League side historically it struggled to move on to the final stages of the competition and get a gigantic task to do so this year with Real Madrid their opponents in the first round of the knockout.
LEAGUE RECORD CITY CHAMPIONS UNDER GUARDIOLA
Season 2016-17: Round of 16
(lost on out goals against Monaco)
Season 2017-18: Quarter final
(Lost 5-1 to Liverpool)
Season 2018-19: Quarter final
(Lost on from Tottenham goals)
Guardiola, who was touted as the man to end City’s long wait for the bloody Champions League when he joined in 2016, has never led them further than the quarter-finals and believes he cannot do this again this year.
To talk with Daily football, the city manager said: “That’s why it’s so hard to win. And in 100 and more seasons of history for Manchester City, it was 100 seasons of failure – that’s not true.
‘There are many incredible players who have made our fans happy and (when) our fans have enjoyed part of the season. I know people say, “You are good” or “You are not good enough”.
“I accept it. I want to win the Champions League, I dream and enjoy the games against Real Madrid, to see what I can do.
“And this process, the two weeks before, will be the happiest moments of my profession, to imagine what we can do to beat them.
City has never gone further than the quarterfinals in the Champions League under Guardiola
“If we don’t beat them, the president or the sports director comes and says,” It’s not good enough, we want the Champions League, I’m going to fire you. “
“Then” OK, thank you, it was a pleasure. “
Although Guardiola seemed to speak with his tongue on the cheek, he reiterated that it is possible that his job may be threatened if they fall out of the Champions League early.
He added: “I don’t know, it has often happened. Or maybe he says, “Okay, you did well, but what can we improve?”
“Since I arrived, I’ve received from this club – what can we do, then do it better and do better. That is the process.
Liverpool spent four or five years winning the first title last season. It was a process – new players, the process, invest more and more and they are now the best team in the world.
The city faces a gigantic task against the Spanish giants Real Madrid in the first knockout rounds
“People always believe that you are Pep, or that you are Jurgen, or another name, so you have to win all titles, get two thousand million points, two thousand million goals.
“Sometimes it’s not possible. Sometimes there are opponents, sometimes you can’t do it, because in no sport does a team always win all titles. It’s impossible.
‘We give a bad, bad message for the new generation, to our children, to count only the winner, the trophies.
“You said the season would be a disaster, but if we won the Champions League, it would be sensational. Why?’
City trips to Madrid in the first part of their knockout round tie at the end of this month before being welcomed in the Etihad for the decisive game on March 17.
Guardiola believes that City can still have a sensational season without winning the Champions League