Guardiola : I’ll be judged on my Champions League performance.

By Xorkpe Sosu 3 Min Read

On Tuesday, Manchester City will attempt to go one step closer to winning the one trophy that has eluded them—the Champions League.

Under Pep Guardiola, Manchester City advanced to the 2021 Champions League final but lost to Premier League rival Chelsea.

They came the closest to winning the Champions League in the 2021final against Chelsea, losing 1-0.


However, in Guardiola’s first four seasons at Etihad Stadium, City failed to advance past the quarterfinals.

A late comeback by Real Madrid prevented City from returning to the final last season.

After a 1-1 draw in Germany, City, who are now second in the Premier League, will advance to the quarterfinals if they defeat RB Leipzig at home in the second leg of the last-16.

The teams already through are Bayern Munich, Chelsea, AC Milan, and Benfica, while Real Madrid leads Liverpool 5-2.


Italian teams Napoli and Inter Milan are leading after their first-leg matches against Eintracht Frankfurt and Porto, respectively.

Only Bayern, Napoli, and Benfica are now atop their respective domestic divisions out of the teams still in the competition.

Guardiola was questioned if winning Europe’s top cup competition would be the defining moment of his tenure as manager of City, despite the fact that the team had won nine major trophies since his appointment in 2016.

“It doesn’t mean I agree with it but, absolutely, I’ll be judged on that,” said the 52-year-old Spaniard.


“Before my first game in the Champions League [with City], people said I was here to win it.”

“I said ‘what?’ I don’t know, but I accept it. As much as I go through, it’s not going to change.”

Guardiola who twice won the Champions League while coaching Barcelona in November signed a two-year contract extension to 2025.

He claimed he wanted to “remain and continue fighting for trophies” at the time.

“We’ve not won it but we’ve done really well in the Champions League,” said City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.

“I know people base everything on only winning but I feel there’s been a lot of circumstances in these kind of games – the Madrid game, the Tottenham game where we deserved to go through but didn’t.”

“These are moments in games where these things happen.”

“Obviously I want to win it but I know that, as long as we don’t, I’ll come here and get the same questions and I’m fine because people judge you on that.”

“We just try to win these games and be the best people and team we can be.”