Guardiola: If I don't win the Champions League with City I'll be considered a failure

Guardiola: If I don't win the Champions League with City I'll be considered a failure

Back to back Premier League titles with the second one being garnished with three domestic trophies‚ goals galore, and style points in abundance... Yet Pep Guardiola believes his stint at Manchester City will be considered a failure if the team doesn't succeed in the Champions League.

The Spanish tactician believes the public will be merciless when considering what he has done at Etihad if he doesn't get the continental trophy.

"Last year was an extraordinary one for us but people say, 'But you didn't win the Champions League'. That is why I will be judged, if we don't win it in my final period here, that I will be a failure here. I know that," said City's boss.

In his first season as City's manager, the 2016/2017 one, Guardiola's side was kicked out by Monaco in the first knockout round. The following year league rivals Liverpool kicked City out handsomely in the quarter-finals.

Last year, it was another English team that stopped City in the same stage - this time Tottenham. The 2019/2020 season will be an even harder challenge as Real Madrid await City in the first knockout round.

Guardiola hence didn't even match the club's best achievement in the continental competition, as Manuel Pellegrini led them to a semi-final against Real back in the 2015/2016 campaign.

With the form being concerning, even though Pep still doesn't criticize his players publicly, the CL comment might be a way of spurring his players on.

The 2:0 loss to Jose Mourinho's Spurs is the sixth defeat the side has suffered this season, their joint-most in a single campaign under manager Pep Guardiola. The squad has even gone consecutive games without scoring for the first time under Guardiola, having last done so back in March 2016 under Pellegrini. 

Additionally, no other team has more red cards in the Premier League than City at three. As Los Blancos are flying high in La Liga and are finding their rhythm slowly but securely, it seems like this season will be a gritty battle.


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