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Man City's Pep Guardiola: I'd have been sacked by Barcelona or Bayern Munich

Pep Guardiola admits he will be sacked by Man City if his side don't challenge for the Premier League title next season.
Pep Guardiola discusses the influence of Pablo Zabaleta, who's set to leave Manchester City at the end of the season.

MANCHESTER -- Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he would have been sacked had he had his current season with previous clubs Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

Guardiola will finish the campaign without silverware and his City side face West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday needing to avoid defeat to keep Champions League qualification in their own hands.

The City boss says that the pressure to win does not compare to his time at his previous clubs in Spain and Germany, but added that he will be fired if he does not improve in his second season in England.

"I am not staying here because I am Pep or what I have done a long time ago, I know what the problem is," he told a news conference. "I am not going to be [wondering] all summer: 'Oh, what will happen next season if I don't win some titles?'

"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."

Pep Guardiola is a former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager.

City need four points to be certain of securing a Champions League spot, with the home game against West Brom followed by a trip to Watford on Sunday.

Arsenal are trying to steal City's place but manager Arsene Wenger believes it could be difficult for his side because some teams are "having a breezer" instead of competing until the end of the season.

Asked about the Arsenal boss' comments, Guardiola said: "I don't understand how the managers speak for the other clubs and the other teams. Ask Arsene, not to me.

"The people who are hired are focused on their teams. They do what they have to do. I never saw one player in my life go to the pitch and not try to win the game.

"[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. Do it better during the season and you will not have this problem.

"I would like to be Chelsea right now. If I were Chelsea, they don't have to qualify for the Champions League, so it's our fault or it could be better, not because of the opponents."

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.


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