Pep Guardiola makes Champions League admission as Liverpool extend top flight lead
Pep Guardiola has admitted he will be “a failure” if he cannot lead Man City to a Champions League triumph.
Despite winning the domestic treble with his side last season, and achieving a record-breaking points tally in the Premier League the year prior, a European trophy is still missing from Guardiola’s City CV.
The Champions League has eluded him in each season he has been in charge, with the semi-final elimination of 2016 their best effort together thus far.
Added pressure is now on Guardiola to achieve the feat, with rivals Liverpool running away with the Premier League title, and amid speculation his Etihad tenure could soon be coming to an end.
He failed to land the trophy at former club Bayern Munich, and Guardiola is aware he cannot let the same thing happen if he wants to cap his City legacy.
He told a press conference: “Last year was an extraordinary one for us but people say ‘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 — I will be a failure, I know.
“But I enjoy working with my players, they still win a lot of games.”
City’s hopes of sealing a third successive Premier League title look dead and buried, with Liverpool now 22 points ahead at the top of the table.
The Reds are also defending their Champions League crown, and Guardiola’s City have a tough draw against Real Madrid to overcome if they are to stand any chance of wrestling it from the Anfield club’s clutches.
“Winning the league won’t be far away for Liverpool, but they’d be champions in Timbuktu, Australia and everywhere,” Guardiola added.
“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.”