Guardiola: I would have been sacked at Barcelona, Bayern

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Guardiola: I would have been sacked at Barcelona, Bayern

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists he would have been axed by his former employers at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, admitting he has been given a second chance by his current club following a poor season.

The Spanish tactician will finish the 2016-17 season without a silverware and faces a real battle to finish in the Premier League's top four.

According ESPN's Per Jonathan Smith as quoted on Bleacher Report, Guardiola who also implied the Citizens are not a "big club said similar results would not have cut it in La Liga or the Bundesliga:

"Pressure I had when I arrived in Barcelona, when I had nothing to defend [myself with]. At that club, if in six months you don't win, you are really out, like Barcelona or Bayern Munich, there you have to win by far. If not, they don't give you a second chance.

"Here they gave me a second chance, and we will try to do it. In my situation at a big club, I'm sacked, I'm out, sure, definitely. At the clubs I worked at before, I am not here, but here we have a second chance and we will try to do it better than this season."

The 46-year-old guided Bayern Munich to three straight Bundesliga titles before moving to England. He previously found success with Barcelona, winning La Liga three times and the UEFA Champions League twice.

But with City, success hasn't come so swiftly. Guardiola was expected to battle for the title in his first season in England, but after a promising start, the Sky Blues faltered. Instead, Antonio Conte's Chelsea ran away with the league.

Guardiola has earned the fans' and club's patience with his superb track record, but implying the Citizens are not a big club will not sit well with a lot of people. Silverware is expected in his second season at the Etihad Stadium, or he could find himself out of a job soon.
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