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Pep Guardiola 'Won't Kill Himself' If He Doesn't Win The Champions League With Manchester City

Pep Guardiola 'Won't Kill Himself' If He Doesn't Win The Champions League With Manchester City

Pep Guardiola says he "won't kill himself" if he doesn't win the Champions League during his time at Manchester City.

The Spaniard, a two-time winner of the competition with Barcelona, has won every trophy at City apart from the Champions League in his three seasons in charge.

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City were knocked out of the round of 16 by Monaco in his first year at the helm, before going out to Liverpool and Spurs at the quarter final stage in the last two campaigns.

And while Guardiola is out to win Europe's richest club prize for the first time in nine years, for him it's not a matter of life and death.

"I want to win it but if I don't, it will not change my life," Guardiola said in his pre-Dinamo Zagreb presser, via The Mirror.

"I'm not going to kill myself. In my first press conference, it was the same question - you are here to win the Champions League.

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"We tried the first season, we tried the second season when we were up for four competitions.

"I would be happier, but it wouldn't change anything in my private life."

A recent poll from City showed that fans would rather win a third Premier League in a row than the Champions League, with there being an apparent disconnect towards the competition from the supporters.

City fans continue to boo the Champions League anthem - a tradition that dates back to 2011 when Porto were fined just £17,711 when found guilty of racially abusing Mario Balotelli in a Europa League tie.

Guardiola understands why the sky blues faithful haven't fully bought into the Champions League yet but the City boss wants the fans to get behind the team as they chase European glory.

Image: PA
Image: PA

"Every single day we work for all competitions. I know for the fans it's the Premier League that's most exciting," Guardiola added, as per the Daily Mail.

"We know that as a club, we've done polls, and the people prefer by far to win the Premier League than the Champions League.

"I know how special it is. But this competition is nice too. They have to live it as a dream. Nine times in a row we've been in it and that is top.

"I think it's (City fans not buying into the Champions League) because in the past they were not there at our club. We were at home in the bars, drinking beer watching Liverpool and (Manchester) United.

"That's the culture of the club. We are making steps as a club. I wouldn't want to arrive once in the final then disappear for five years. I've a feeling we are closer but this competition is a high level, anything can happen."

Topics: Manchester City, Football News, FC Barcelona, Football, Pep Guardiola, Champions League, Bayern Munich

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