Pep Guardiola

Guardiola: Man City will be ‘judged’ on Champions League success – or lack of it

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will be ‘judged’ on their Champions League success.

City became the first team in English football history to secure the domestic treble this season, beating Watford in last weekend’s FA Cup final to add to their Premier League and League Cup success.

The club’s treble came after a record-breaking year in 2017/18, when the club again won the league title with a record 100 points.

However, City again fell short on the European stage, exiting at the quarter-final stage of the Champions League to Premier League rivals Tottenham on away goals.

Guardiola’s side have failed to progress beyond the last eight in any of his three seasons in charge, and the Spaniard admits the club will be judged on their European success – or lack of it.

“I said before that I know we will be judged at the end on whether we win the Champions League,” Guardiola said in his post-match press conference after their FA Cup final win over Watford.

“I know unless we do that it will not be enough.

“This comes with me. I know that. I arrive 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.

“In this club, the points record and the domestic competitions is incredible, 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.”