Barca or Bayern would have sacked me says Guardiola

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Man City gaffer, Pep Guardiola stated yesterday that he has not lived up to expectations since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium last summer and must improve next season.

Manchester City failed to challenge for silverwares this season unlike they have in previous campaign.

Having won 21 trophies across his spells at the Barcelona and Bayern Munchen, such a season is relatively disappointing and Pep admits his old employers would even have shown him the exit door.

He said: “(The) 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.

Barcelona or Bayern Munich, there you have to win by far. If not, they don’t give you a second chance.

I’ve been given a second chance at Man City and we will try to do it. In my situation at a big club – I’m sacked, I’m out. Sure. Definitely.

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“We have a second chance and we will try to do it better than this season.”

Having invested so much effort in recruiting Guardiola – they first approached him in 2012 before finally landing him last year – City are unlikely to wield the axe soon.

But the 46-year-old Spaniard feels his past successes, which include two Champions League wins with Barcelona, can protect him only so far.

He said: “If next season is not going well, I’ll have one more year of contract and, if it does not go smoothly, they are going to fire me.

“I am not staying here because I am Guardiola or what I have done in the past.”

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Arsene Wenger has claimed “some clubs are on vacation” and expressed hope all opponents for all teams fight hard.

But Pep, whose team plays their last game of the season at Watford on Sunday, said: “I don’t understand how the managers speak for the other teams.

“The people who are hired are focused on their clubs – they do what they have to do.

“I’ve never seen a footballer in my life go to the pitch and not try to win the match.”

“He (Wenger) plays against Everton and Sunderland, no? Both teams are done, no? One is relegated and one is in the Europa League, so it’s the same situation.

“So you don’t want to complain. If you do the right things during the campaign you will not have this problem.”

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Meanwhile, Man City and Manchester United will go at logger heads in a friendly in Houston, Texas, in July in the first Manchester Derby been played abroad, the two clubs announced yesterday.

The two clubs will meet at Houston’s NRG Stadium on July 20 as part of the International Champions Cup friendly tournament.

They had been due to play each other in Beijing, China, last year, but the game was called off due to concerns about the pitch.

United last played in Texas in 2010, when they beat a Major League Soccer All-Stars team 5-2.

United’s pre-season tour of the US also features games against the LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

City will play Real Madrid in Los Angeles and tackle Tottenham Hotspur in Nashville.

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