Pep Guardiola has said he will not “kill himself” to win the Champions League with Manchester City, reports ESPN.
City face Dinamo Zagreb at the Etihad Stadium today with Guardiola looking to add the only major trophy he has not lifted at the club.
The Spaniard’s last success in the tournament came in 2011 during his spell as Barcelona boss but he insists lifting the trophy again will not define his reign in east Manchester.
“I want to win it but if I don’t, it will not change my life, I am not going to kill myself,” Guardiola told a news conference.
“In my first press conference it was the same question. You are here to win the Champions League and I say I spoke to Ferran [Soriano], Khaldoon [Al Mubarak] and they didn’t tell me that.
“Sometimes you take a few years and sometimes you take one year.“Barcelona is my club in my heart and 1992 was the first one and Barcelona was born a long time ago. I am sorry, I am not going to live the next 10 months thinking if I don’t win the Champions League it would be a disaster because my life is quite good.”
The manager however called on fans to get behind the team in the competition because otherwise they will not be able to win it.
“I know for the fans it’s the Premier League that’s most exciting,” Guardiola added. “We know that as a club, we’ve done polls, and the people prefer by far to win the Premier League than the Champions League. I know how special it is. But this competition is nice too. They have to live it as a dream.
“That’s a reality of our club, we have to accept it. We have to seduce them so they realise how it’s important.“I’ve a feeling we are closer but this competition is an incredibly high level, anything can happen. All I can do is say to our fans ‘come to join us and support us, these guys deserve it.”
Zagreb arrive at the Etihad having won their last two games by an aggregate score of 11-0, and recorded a surprise 4-0 win over Serie A side Atalanta in their first group game.