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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he would have been axed for such a poor season at a 'big club'

 

Pep Guardiola has claimed that if he was managing a "big club" this season then he would already have lost his job, as his Manchester City side attempt to cling onto their spot in the top four of the Premier League.

Guardiola won the league title in both of his debut campaigns at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and his record meant that City were one of the favourites to win the Premier League this year.

But City have suffered an inconsistent campaign and struggled to keep up with the pace set by league winners Chelsea. They could yet finish third, although a poor finish could see them miss out on the Champions League.

And, speaking ahead of a crucial home match against West Brom tonight, Guardiola said: "In my situation at a big club, I'm sacked. I'm out. Sure. Definitely.

"At clubs like Barcelona or Bayern Munich, if you do not win you are really out - there you have to win by far. They do not give you a second chance.

"Here, they have given me a second chance and we will try to do it, and we will try to do better than this season."

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