Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has said he could be fired if he doesn’t beat Real Madrid in the last 16 Champions League games.
Guardiola who has won five major trophies in three seasons at Etihad, but a failure to proceed beyond the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League was the major disappointment of his reign.
Guardiola’s team follows Liverpool at the top of the Premier League with 22 gigantic points this season, with their campaign now set to be judged by the way they do in Europe.
“I want to win the Champions League. I dream (about it) and I would like to prepare for the games against Madrid, ”Guardiola told Sky Sports.
“If we don’t win, fine, come the president or the sports director and say, ‘It’s not good enough, we want the Champions League, I’m going to fire you.’
“I don’t know (if it would happen). It has happened many times and maybe it can happen.”
Guardiola has a contract with Etihad until the end of next season.
After four years at Barcelona and three at Bayern Munich, he must fulfill his contract and enter the fifth season in a club for the first time in his administrative career.
But the Catalan coach also responded to the suggestion that the success or failure of a season should only be measured in trophies.
“We give a bad message to the new generation, to our children, just to 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.
“If not, we can say that in more than 100 years of history (there have been) 100 seasons of failure at Manchester City. That is not true.”