Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has stated that Manchester City not winning a single trophy this season will be a big failure for him and the club.
When Pep arrived at the club, there were huge expectations placed on his shoulders due to his previous successes at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. There were also expectations that he would revolutionize English football with the style of play he would implement at Manchester City.
But the season so far has been a mixed bag for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola, with City being inconsistent and failing to keep up with Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League.
Before City’s FA Cup quarterfinal encounter with Middlesbrough, Pep said:
“If I have no silverware, I will not be here for a long time. No silverware – it will not be a good season. I knew that in August. Being a manager depends on results. I know how my standard is in the past about the titles and I know what is on my shoulders and I have to handle that. But I always believe deep in my heart that results depend on the way you play. That’s why I need to be convinced that we’re playing better every day. I would like to see my team playing better at the end of the season than at the beginning. It is good that the players in the last month have shown how close they are and what good team spirit they have. But I know we will be judged on the titles we have won. My period in Munich was judged like a disaster because we were not able to win the Champions League. I have to handle that but what I can say is try to play better, better, better than the previous month. That’s what I want to see for the next year – be better.”
The Premier League has become very result oriented for the top level managers and Pep knows that only trophies will determine whether his time in England is a success or a failure.