Manchester City faces the first leg of their last-16 tie against the Spanish giants on February 26 and Guardiola clearly already has one eye on the game.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has suggested he could be dismissed by the club if his team crash out of the Champions League against Real Madrid.
City have had a mixed season so far, having all but given up hope of defending their Premier League title after Liverpool’s sensational form has seen them go 22 points clear at the top.
Manchester City have reached the final of the Carabao Cup, however, and are still in the FA Cup, but it is no secret that Guardiola and the board have always dreamed of winning the Champions League. They face a tough task in the last-16 as they take on La Liga leaders Real Madrid, and in an interview with Football Daily Guardiola hinted he would fear for his job if they fail to progress past Madrid.
“I accept it. I want to win the Champions League, I dream and will enjoy the games against Real Madrid, to see what I can do,”
“And this process, the two weeks before, will be the happiest moments of my profession, to imagine what we can do to beat them.
“If we don’t beat them, then the chairman will come, or the sporting director, and say ‘It’s not good enough, we want the Champions League, I’m going to sack you’”
When asked if he truly believed that, Guardiola said:
“I don’t know, many times it has happened. Or maybe he will say ‘OK you’ve done well, but what can we improve?”
Manchester City have never progressed past the quarter-finals of the Champions League under Guardiola, and they were beaten by Tottenham at that stage last season in a dramatic tie.
Guardiola’s future has been the source of speculation recently, with suggestions he could be tempted to head to Juventus at the end of the season.