Pep Guardiola will view his stint at Manchester City blighted by failure if he doesn’t bring the Champions League to The Etihad according to ex-City forward Paul Stewart.
After taking the reigns in 2016, Pep has won two Premier Leagues, two League Cup’s and one FA Cup. An honours list that would be the envy of almost any manager in world football.
However, the one trophy that has eluded him since 2011 is arguably the biggest of all. Guardiola hasn’t won the Champions League since his Barcelona side gave Manchester United a footballing lesson in the final at Wembley.
Speaking to Andy Hodgson’s Kicking Off, former City striker Paul Stewart gave his thoughts on Pep’s time in the dugout.
“He is a legend but there is no doubt the golden chalice is now the Champions League, Pep has done tremendously well with the club and with what we’ve one but it is still that golden chalice winning the Champions League.”
“I do think he will see himself as possibly failing for something that he has tried to win over the last three years and they haven’t managed to do it.”
“The ideal scenario for City is that they win that this season, Liverpool go on to win a league they haven’t won in 30 years. I don’t think anyone will catch Liverpool in the league now, but if City manage to get the Champions League, in the summer Pep will be sitting a lot more comfortable wherever his holiday villa is.”
Stewart also made 131 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur and spoke to Love Sport before his two former side’s met in Sunday’s 4:30 kick off. Tottenham ran out 2-0 winners, but Stewart isn’t entirely convinced by Jose’s Spurs in the long term.
“I don’t think anyone thought Spurs would be so far behind City, were we settling to be a top four side under Poch? I think we probably were, we needed to go for that next level.”
“As much as everyone loved Poch and I was really really happy with the way the club was going we just didn’t get to the next level so his departure was inevitable I think. Now, we seem to have lost our way under Jose a little bit I know he’s only been there a little while but at this moment in time I’m not so sure he knows his best eleven.”
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