Pep Guardiola has acknowledged his reign at the Etihad will be regarded as a failure if Manchester City don’t win the Champions League under him
Guardiola has guided City to five major titles, including back-to-back Premier League crowns since taking over the reins in 2016, but has yet to wrap up the Champions League.
Additionally, the Spaniard has yet to take the reigning English champions to the competition’s semi-finals, being previously bowed out by the likes of Monaco, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur.
Although Guardiola has two Champions League titles under his belt, both came during his mandate in Barcelona.
🗓| #OnThisDay in 2016, City announced Pep as their next manager! 😍— City Chief (@City_Chief) February 1, 2020
👕 Games 212
💙 Wins 158
🤝 25 Drawn
⚽️ 536 Goals
🏆 2 Premier Leagues
🏆 2 League Cups
🏆 1 FA Cup
🏆 2 Community Shields
7 🏅 PL MOTM
2 🏅 PL MOTS
We’ve got Guardiola ….. 🎶
During his time at Bayern Munich, he has led the Bavarians to three consecutive Bundesliga titles but has failed to win Europe’s most prestigious club competition, too.
Now, the 49-year-old manager fears his struggle to emulate his success from the Blaugrana with the Citizens could ruin his image at the Etihad.
“We will, of course, not just be judged on the way we play but the titles we win. That is the truth. It is as simple as that,” Guardiola said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“Last year was an extraordinary one for us, but people say, “But you didn’t win the Champions League.”
🗣| Pep Guardiola:— City Chief (@City_Chief) February 1, 2020
“We will, of course, not just be judged on the way we play but the titles we win. That is the truth. It is as simple as that.
Last year was an extraordinary one for us but people say, 'But you didn't win the Champions League'.” pic.twitter.com/cL1CqNmT71
“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.”
“But I enjoy working with my players, and my players still win a lot of games. Winning a certain way is what helps you to win the titles, and we believe we can play that way. We will see at the end.”
Speaking of City’s way of winning games in the Premier League – 12 of their total 16 top-flight triumphs this season came via a multiple-goal margin, which is the highest ratio in England’s top-tier competition.
In line with their domestic successes, all four of their Group C victories in the Champions League this campaign saw them beat their opponents by a margin of two goals or more.
Guardiola’s men will have to replicate that kind of performance when they lock horns with Real Madrid in the last-16 round to maintain their hopes of lifting their first-ever title in the elite competition.