CL: Will Pep Guardiola be sacked if Real Madrid beat Manchester City?

Updated: Feb 14, 2020, 09:06 IST | AFP | London

Man City boss Guardiola fears sack if EPL holders fail to beat Madrid in upcoming Champions League clash

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Pic/Getty Images
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Pic/Getty Images

London: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he could be sacked if he fails to beat Real Madrid in the Last 16 of the Champions League (first-leg on February 26). Guardiola has won five major trophies in three seasons at the Etihad, but a failure to progress beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League has been the big disappointment of his reign.

City's EPL struggle
Guardiola's side trail Liverpool at the top of the Premier League by 22 points this season with their campaign now set to be judged on how they fare in Europe. "I want to win the Champions League. I dream [of it] and I will enjoy preparing for the games against Madrid," Guardiola said. "If we don't beat them, OK, come the chairman or the sport director and say, 'It's not good enough, we want the Champions League, I'm going to sack you.' I don't know [if this would happen]. It has happened many times and could maybe happen."

Guardiola has a contract at the Etihad until the end of next season. And he is expected to fulfil his deal and enter a fifth season at one club for the first time in his managerial career.

'Trophies aren't everything'
But Guardiola hit back at the suggestion that the success or failure of a season should only be measured in trophies. "We give a bad, bad message for the new generation, for our kids, to just count the winner, the trophies to win," added Guardiola. "You say the season is a disaster but if you win the Champions League it will be exceptional. Why? It is difficult to win it. If you don't, we can say in more than 100 years of history [there] were 100 failure seasons for Manchester City. That is not true."

Pep's European record with City

2016-17: Round of 16
(lost on away goals to Monaco)

2017-18: Quarter-final
(Lost 5-1 to Liverpool)

2018-19: Quarter-final
(Lost on away goals to Tottenham)

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