Despite winning the domestic treble, Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said his side will ultimately be judged on whether they win the Champions League. The Spanish manager has twice guided his former club, Barcelona, to the Champions League in 2009 and 2011 but failed to win the competition during his three-year spell at Bayern Munich and now City.
The AFP reported that the 48-year old spoke after the 6-0 victory over Watford in the FA-Cup on May 18th. "I said before that I know we will be judged at the end on whether we win the Champions League," he said. "I know unless we do that it will not be enough," he continued. "This comes with me. I know that. I arrived in Barcelona, we were lucky we won it two times in four years and the people expect I am something special, that we have to win the Champions League and it's still true," he added.
The furthest City have reached in the competition is the semi-final in 2016 under former manager, Manuel Pellegrini. They were beaten 1-0 by eventual winners, Real Madrid. Guardiola has been knocked-out in the quarter-finals three times since joining City. He lost to AS Monaco in 2017 and then to Liverpool in 2018 before being beaten by Tottenham this season.
He has said he believes that the contrast between the club’s domestic form and European form is down to the level of competition. "In this club, the points record, and the domestic competition is incredible," he said. "But the Champions League we don't win quite often compared to the other ones because the teams are so good, the competition is so demanding. But we want to win it," he declared.