Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola says he has no problem even if Manchester City does not win the UEFA Champions League under his tutelage.
Concise News reports that City’s best Champions League performance was reaching the 2015/16 semi-finals.
Europe’s top club prize is now the sole trophy eluding Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium. He has won five of the last six domestic trophies on offer.
Ahead of their meeting with Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday, Guardiola insists it is not the be-all and end-all.
“I want to win this tournament but if I don’t, it will not change my life. I am not going to kill myself,” said Guardiola ahead of his side’s second group match of this season’s competition against the Croatian side.
“In my first press conference in my first year in Manchester it was the same question – ‘you are here to win the Champions League’.
“I said ‘OK’ but I spoke a few times with Khaldoon (Al Mubarak), our chairman, and Ferran (Soriano, chief executive). They didn’t tell me that.
“They told me I came here to continue a project, to try to play good football and start to win one game, then another, and another one. Then we will see how far we get.
“Of course we are going to try but, I’m sorry, I’m not going to live the next 10 months, or next season, thinking if I don’t win the Champions League it will be a disaster in my life, because my life is quite good, every single day.”
Asked if winning the Champions League would be the next step, Guardiola said: “Yes, definitely, but sometimes it cannot be possible.”
Manchester City and Dinamo Zagreb both recorded emphatic victories on matchday one.
They clash at the Etihad tonight, 8 PM Nigerian time.