Opinion: Guardiola knows he will be judged on CL success

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match against Schalke 04 at Manchester City Football Academy on March 11, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

After finding out who his Champions League Quarterfinals is, Guardiola confessed that he is aware he will be judged on his success.

There is no other way to look at it, Pep Guardiola will be judged on his Champions League success regardless of how well he does in the English Premier League this season.

The Catalan manager has been psychologically preparing himself for possible elimination in the continental competition, he knows that using this mindset of possibly not winning the trophy by the end of the season will make the impact less harsh against the way in which he will be judged by everyone by the end.

While the coach is aware that his squad is looking quite dominant in all the competitions they are currently playing, Guardiola is also aware of how incredibly difficult it is to win the UEFA Champions League and he obviously knows there is a bigger chance for his squad to lose than get a victory by the end of the season.

Pep also knows that getting sacked for not winning the trophy is completely within the realm of possibilities and he is more than ready for the consequences of his results, the upcoming rival will be Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur and Guardiola already spoke about how much respect they have for the Spurs.

Pep has all the experience from the time he was in Germany, not winning the UEFA Champions League for Bayern was the reason he was ultimately sacked after three years.

“I was judged in Munich in that way so I will be judged here as well,” said Pep Guardiola via Sky Sports.

“My period in Munich was not good for most people because we didn’t get one final. We got semi-finals but we didn’t get a final and we were judged.”

“So, I’m a lucky guy. My standards are high. I have to reach it.”

“When you are in the position that we are right now, I’ve not many complaints. I’m pretty sure our fans know it.”

“When I spoke with my chairman, CEO, sporting director, the people here know and they give credit for what we have done in the last two seasons. At the end, that is the most important thing.”

“After that, everyone can judge if it’s a disaster. If we do not win the Champions League, our work for three seasons, every three days, is a failure or a disaster. I completely do not agree but what can I say? Accept it and move on.”

“What’s important is that the players, the club, the fans and the people give credit if we are consistent and humble and, in every single game, do what we have to do.”

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“But I have to accept it. We won a lot in the past and that’s why people believe that is normal – but that is not normal.”

Ahead of the FA Cup Quarterfinals, Pep Guardiola is about to fave Swansea City in his attempt to remain alive in another competition.

As we all know, the Catalan manager has already won the Carabao Cup this season after beating Chelsea in the final a few weeks ago.

The ultimate goal this season is still to possibly get that quadruple that people keep mentioning, this obviously includes the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League, and the two cups that were already mentioned earlier.

Pep keeps trying to get away all the attention from this unheard of achievement, but it’s no secret that the ultimate goal is to get that exact same feeling that he got during the Club World Cup final in 2009.

During that incredible year for Pep Guardiola as FC Barcelona defeated Estudiantes from Argentina in December, the Catalan manager realized that he achieved something nobody else had done before and his natural response was to cry his eyes out on Thierry Henry’s shoulders.

That same feeling is something that Pep will never stop searching for as long as he remains coaching top-flight football clubs.

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