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Manchester City success judged on winning Champions League - Guardiola

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MANCHESTER, England -- Pep Guardiola believes he has to win the Champions League at Manchester City or he will be judged a failure.

The Catalan coach won the trophy twice during his time at Barcelona and has guided City to the quarterfinals this year where they will face Premier League rivals Tottenham following Friday's draw.

But despite winning three Bundesliga titles during his three years at Bayern Munich, Guardiola said his time in Germany is viewed as a failure and he believes it will be the same for his career at City, irrespective of domestic success.

"I was judged in Munich like that, and I will be judged here," Guardiola told a news conference ahead of Saturday's FA Cup clash with Swansea City (live at 1:20 p.m. ET on ESPN+). "They said in Munich I would be judged for not getting to finals.

"My standards are high, but the players, the club, the fans, if we are consistent, and humble doing what we do. I have to accept we won a lot in the past and people believe it's normal, it's not normal.

"Just qualifying for the Champions League is incredible success. There are six teams through in Europe. Two of them will not be in the Champions League [next season], just being there is a success, through the group a success.

"I don't think I'm Pep so I have to win everything, it's only if we don't put everything in to try it. When we are in these positions, there are not many complaints. When I speak with my chairman and CEO there is credit for what we've done.

"After that everyone can judge, people can say it's a failure but what can I do. Accept it and move on."

City face a hectic schedule following next week's international break, including three games against Tottenham in the space of just 11 days.

Guardiola is without Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, Fernandinho, Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy for the sixth-round clash at Swansea. But he is hoping they will benefit from extra time off and could be ready for City's return to action in the Premier League on March 30.

"I want them to come back as quickly as possible, to get back to the routine," he said. "Always the first game back is always dangerous, especially away, when you play at home, it's a little bit easier, but Fulham away will be difficult.

"People can be distracted by the situation, when we come back, with the semifinals maybe of the FA Cup -- if we go through -- hypothetical semifinals of the cup, that's why we will try.

"It's not the first time, we change the competitions, we change the dynamic, and we will have three or four training sessions before the Fulham game and we will try to come back to our principles and what we have to do. We did it in the past, we did it quite well and we will continue with that."

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