Pep Guardiola tells Man City fans he never promised a Treble in first year
MANCHESTER -- Pep Guardiola believes he is being judged unfairly because of his incredible record as a coach at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, while adding he never promised a Treble-winning season upon his arrival.
The Manchester City manager has come under criticism following his side's Champions League exit to Monaco on away goals on Wednesday.
The Spaniard is in danger of finishing the season without a trophy for the first time in his managerial career with the FA Cup being City's only realistic hope of silverware this season.
But Guardiola, who won 21 trophies combined during his time in La Liga and the Bundesliga, feels that record is the reason why he is seen to be under-performing at the Etihad.
"I think exceptional for all the managers around the world is that sometimes during the season they win a title. That is the normal situation all around the world. Exceptional is my career, I'm sorry, that is exceptional," Guardiola told a news conference ahead of City's Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday.
"Of course we want to win titles, everybody wants to win titles -- we fight for that and we play for that. When you do that you try to improve and come back next season and try to win the title.
"The boss, the chairman, the sporting director, they are going to decide if my job depends on winning titles or not and if not winning titles and they judge the results are not good they are going to say 'bye-bye.'"
Guardiola also believes there was too much expectation with his arrival and that he would quickly turn City into Champions League challengers, competing with the best sides in Europe.
"People believed... Pep's sitting here and now they are going to win the Treble, easy," he added. "You are wrong guys. I never came here and said we are going to win one title.
"I never said I'm going to win the Treble. I never said I'm going to win the double, never. But I never said that the first day I was sitting there in Barcelona.
"I promise a lot of work -- few guys can beat me in that, I work a lot, I'm so proud about that -- but I never promised about titles, never in my life."
Guardiola admits City will go into the Liverpool game suffering a hangover from the Monaco defeat but he says the players must get over it quickly to secure a top-four place and Champions League football for next season.
"We have to recover as much as possible because there a lot of things to play [for]," he said. "One important [thing] is to be in the Champions League next season and of course the other is the semifinal of the FA Cup."
Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.