Guardiola admits he will be a failure if he can't win the Champions League

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted that he will be “a failure” if he does not win the Champions League with the Citizens. 

The Spaniard has won five of the six domestic trophies available in the last two seasons, including one with a record of 100 points. 

His team's record of 100 points looks very much in jeopardy right now though with runaway Premier League leaders needing only 27 points in 13 games to level with them. 

Still, what Pep Guardiola has achieved at the Etihad is unparalleled. He made the Cityzens absolutely dominate English football for two successive seasons and finally there seems to be someone who can challenge them. 

However, the former Barcelona and Bayern boss knows that not winning the Champions League will leave a black mark on his CV. 

He won the biggest silverware in European football twice during his time as Barcelona manager but has not won it with Bayern and Manchester City despite boasting very strong sides. 

And, according to many, not winning the Champions League with Bayern was indeed a failure and the same at Manchester City would be again a failure. 

Guardiola, whose team face the mighty Real Madrid in the round of 16 this month, said: “Last year was an extraordinary one for us but people say ‘You didn’t win the Champions League’. 

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“That is why I will be judged if we don’t win it in my final period here — I will be a failure, I know. 

“But I enjoy working with my players, they still win a lot of games.” 

Despite trailing Liverpool by 22 points, City are still chasing a cup treble of Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. 

Ahead of Sunday’s clash at Spurs, Guardiola added: “Obviously it is a  perfect season when you win all the titles. 

“I am proud of my team. We won the first title with the Community Shield and we are in the Carabao Cup final against Aston Villa. 

“Winning the league won’t be far away for  Liverpool, but they’d be champions in Timbuktu, Australia and everywhere. 

“We are in a good  position to qualify for the Champions League and in that we face the kings of the competition. 

“But we will, of course, not just be judged on the way we play but the titles we win. That is the truth.”


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