Spanish coach Pep Guardiola has downplayed any negative consequences if Manchester City fails to win the Champions League this season, AFP reported on Friday August 30th.
Guardiola said he will not judge himself too harshly if Manchester City does not win the title during his tenure.
The draw for this year's competition on Thursday August 29th appeared to offer the ‘Citizens’ a favourable route into the knock-out stages, pairing them with Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk, Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb and Italian side Atalanta.
After Guardiola led City to every domestic trophy last season, there appears more pressure than ever on the highly-decorated coach to land the European crown for his wealthy owners.
"It's important, I know it's important and if it happens it will be important.
"But I will be the same guy, I'll wake up in the morning, work a lot, go to sleep as early as possible, eat well, take care of myself as well as possible and love the people I love,” Guardiola said.
Guardiola's star players endured mixed fortunes on the international front this week, with right-back Kyle Walker being left out of the England squad by Gareth Southgate.
However, City centre-half Aymeric Laporte was called up by the French national team, the first time in the three years he has been in their squad, for the upcoming games with Albania and Andorra.
"I was a little bit surprised at first," said Guardiola of Walker’s omission. "But I'm not involved. We'll respect the decision. Kyle is coming back stronger. I understand him and support Gareth,” he said.