Pep Guardiola says he could be sacked if Man City are knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid.
And Guardiola, who has failed to guide City past the quarter-final stages of the Champions League since being appointed as boss in 2016, believes another early exit could be the final nail in the coffin for him.
He told Sky Sports: ”I want to win the Champions League.
“I’m dreaming of it and I’m excited about preparing for the game against Madrid for the next two weeks.
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“This process and these two weeks before [the game] will be the happiest two weeks of my profession.
“If we don’t beat them, then the chairman or sporting director will come and say, ‘it’s not good enough, we want the Champions League, I’m going to sack you.’”
Guardiola has won two Premier League titles, two Carabao Cups and an FA Cup during his time as City manager.
However, his side have under-performed in the Champions League as they have been knocked out by Monaco, Liverpool and Tottenham in the past three seasons.
In a glittering career on the pitch and in the dugout, Guardiola has lifted the Champions League trophy both as a player and a manager.
He won the European Cup in 1992 playing under legendary boss Johan Cruyff at Barcelona, before guiding the LaLiga giants to two triumphs in 2009 and 2011.
And despite their poor Premier League title defence, City could still end the season with silverware.
Guardiola’s men will play in their third successive Carabao Cup final when they take on Aston Villa on 1 March, while they are progressing well in the FA Cup.
Standing in their way of a place in the sixth round is Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.
Guardiola has a contract that expires in 18 months and has been linked with a summer move to Juventus should the Serie A side get rid of Maurizio Sarri and the City boss makes himself available.
He has spoken highly of the Italian league previously though there is no suggestion he is planning to leave yet, even discussing possible summer additions at the Etihad.