Pep Guardiola says Manchester City could sack him for Champions League failure

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

When it was suggested to him that he is the best manager in the world, Guardiola told Sky Sports : "I was", before taking a step back to say that he never once thought of himself in such high regard.

"I want to win the Champions League".

They have only been to the semi-final once, losing to Real, under Manuel Pellegrini and Guardiola's personal record in the competition hasn't been as good as would have been expected in recent years.

"There are unbelievable supervisors, they do not have these gamers, they do not have these large clubs".

Victory over Aston Villa at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final on March 1 would see City claim the sixth of the past seven domestic trophies on offer and they could make that seven from nine if they retain the FA Cup, assuming the Premier League title heads to Liverpool.

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"Give me a team that is not like Manchester City, I am not going to win".

And he puts there success down to the process that has been undertaken since Jurgen Klopp became their manager in 2015.

City have already lost six league games in this campaign and look set to lose their title to Liverpool, and face the tough task of Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League's round of 16.

"Liverpool spent four or five years to win their first trophy last season", he added.

The 32-year-old made it clear many times that he is happy playing for the Catalan giant and have no plan to leave the club where he made his name.

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City meet Los Blancos in the last 16 of the Champions League, and the Premier League champions are struggling this season compared to last, while Real Madrid are top of LaLiga Santander.

'Sometimes it is not possible.

Despite lagging behind Liverpool in the title race, Guardiola thinks his group have actually played well this period as well as functioned as hard as ever before. "In the video games we shed we played truly truly well, as well as the appetite is not the reason [we lost]".

"I dream (of it) and I'll enjoy preparing for the games against Madrid".

'And this process, the two weeks before, will be the happiest moments of my profession, to imagine what we can do to beat them.

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