In what could come as a shocker to the Premier League, and especially Manchester City fans, manager Pep Guardiola could be on the verge of being sacked.
While there are no insider reports, the manager himself believes that he could feel it.
He has warned that failure to win against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League pre-quarters could put his job in jeopardy.
City have marginally under performed this season in the EPL
As far as City's performance this season is concerned, it has been marginally underwhelming.
While they are placed in the second spot in the EPL, being the defending champions, they are currently 22 points behind leaders Liverpool.
City are seemingly out of the title race.
Meanwhile, they have been commendable in the other tournaments, like the UCL, League Cup and FA Cup.
Guardiola admits City are under pressure to conquer Europe
Speaking on the topic, Guardiola said that the club is under pressure to win the top prize in Europe, and that is what makes things so difficult for him, especially while playing at home.
"I accept it. I want to win the Champions League, I dream and will enjoy the games against Real Madrid, to see what I can do," he said.
Guardiola: Director could sack me upon failing to beat Madrid
"If we don't beat them, then the chairman will come, or the sporting director, and say 'It's not good enough, we want the Champions League, I'm going to sack you'. Then 'OK, thank you, it was a pleasure.'," added Guardiola.
Guardiola at City
Guardiola has had a glorious career at City
As far as Guardiola's managerial stint at City is concerned, it has been a glorious one.
In 213 matches, the club has won 153 under him, besides losing just 30.
As of now, he has won seven trophies at the club, including twin EPL titles and a domestic treble.
He was also awarded Premier League Manager of the Season in the past two seasons.
Should City sack Guardiola upon UCL failure?
It is notable that Guardiola has struggled to get City the European glory.
However, his accolades and success at the domestic level cannot go unnoticed.
While City might be desperate for a European title, the author feels that it is not easy for a manager to attain European success at a short notice, especially in English football.