Pep Guardiola looks like he will be very serious looking at the two legs of the last 16 of the European Champions League against Real Madrid. In fact, the former Barcelona coach felt that he could be kicked out of the manager’s seat if defeated by Citizen.
You could say Manchester City qualified for the last 16 of the European Champions League this season without significant obstacles. They never lost throughout the group stage and finished top of Group H.
In the knockout round, Citizen will be drawn against Real Madrid, along with the fact that the Zinedine Zidane landing team is only able to end the group phase as runners up.
Apart from that, this duel is predicted to be fierce. For information, the first leg match will be held on 27 February at the Bernabeu. Meanwhile, the second leg will be held at the Etihad Stadium which is the headquarters of Manchester City on March 18 next.
The European Champions League could be a good opportunity for Manchester City to pay the disappointment of the fans in the Premier League. As is known, City are now 22 points behind Liverpool as the top.
“I want to be a Champions League champion. I dream of that title and I am happy to prepare for the match against Real Madrid in the next two weeks. This process will be a pleasant two weeks of my career, “Guardiola was quoted as saying from Marca.
In fact, the former Barcelona coach admitted that the threat of dismissal overshadowed him if he failed to qualify for the quarter-finals.
“If we can’t beat Real Madrid, then the club owner or sporting director will come and say: that’s not good enough, we want the Champions League, I fire you,” he said.
As for talking about performance, Manchester City are not in their best form ahead of the match against Real Madrid. Several key players pulled aside due to injury, including Raheem Sterling.
However, Guardiola still has many options up front if he cannot play Sterling. Currently, Manchester City still has Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez, who have the same good quality in attack.