Pep Guardiola fears sack if Man City are knocked out of Champions League by Real Madrid – The Sun

PEP GUARDIOLA believes Manchester City could sack him if they lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The Spaniard has led to Cityzens to back-to-back Premier League titles plus a domestic treble last season.

However this season his side have been way off the pace compared to Liverpool and currently trail the table-toppers by 22 points.

City do have a Carabao Cup Final to look forward to on March 1 and are also still in the FA Cup.

But he says their last-16 European clash against the Galacticos is the crunch one that could determine his future at The Etihad.

Madrid travel to Manchester for the first-leg on February 19 before City head to the Spanish capital three weeks later for the second clash.

And the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has suggested he could get the boot if his squad do not emerge triumphant.

Speaking to Football Daily, Guardiola said: “That’s why it is so difficult to win it. And in 100 and more seasons of history for Manchester City, it was 100 seasons of failure – that is not true.

“There are many incredible players that made our fans happy, and (times when) our fans enjoyed part of the season. I know the people say ‘You are good’ or ‘You’re not good enough.’

“I accept it. I want to win the Champions League, I dream and will 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.”

He added: “If we don’t beat them, then the chairman will come, or the sporting director, and say ‘It’s not good enough, we want the Champions League, I’m going to sack you’.

“Then ‘OK, thank you, it was a pleasure.’”

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