‘I’ll be a Failure Without Trophies’ – Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola did not mince words in his assessment of his first season in England saying he would be considered a failure if they are unable to win silverware.
Guardiola arrived in England on the back of trophy-laden spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and is under no illusion that his reputation alone will be enough to keep him on the job at City.
City go up against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, before returning to action in the Champions League next week, with the Premier League title fast slipping away from them.
And the Catalan coach says he’s very well aware that trophies will play a major role in his end of season assessment, Goal writes.
“I know what my standard is in terms of the past and titles. I know what’s on my shoulders and I have to handle that,” Pep told the British media.
“I know we will be judged on the titles we win. I know that. No silverware – it will not be a good season. I knew that in August.
“If I have no silverware, I will not be here for a long time. Being a manager depends on results.
“But I always believe deep in my heart that results depend on the way you play. That’s why I need to be convinced that we’re playing better every day.”
Guardiola believes his stint at Bayern was generally adjudged a failure owing to his inability to deliver European success to the Bundesliga giants.
“My period in Munich was judged like a disaster because we were not able to win the Champions League. I won three leagues in a row, we won two cups from three, we arrived every time in the semi-finals and finals, [but] it was a disaster,” Guardiola said.
“I have to handle that but what I can say is try to play better, better, better than the previous month. That’s what I want to see for the next year – be better.”
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