Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has insisted that his ‘exceptional’ Manchester City legacy is secure — even if they lose Wednesday night’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
City are on the verge of winning a fifth Premier League title in six seasons but the biggest prize in club football still eludes them going into the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, with the tie level at 1-1.
Guardiola has told his players they are ‘blessed’ to have a chance of reaching a second European final in three years as they look to capitalise on last week’s draw in the Bernabeu and keep their Treble dream alive.
The Spanish international won two Champions Leagues as a manager when he was in Spain, and has tried to go for a third since leaving Barcelona in 2012, but all to no avail.
In that time, he has reached FIVE semi-finals and lost all of them, as well as a final against rivals league Chelsea.
“My legacy is exceptional already,” he said ahead of facing Real.
“I have been here many times. We are not stupid to know how important [Wednesday’] game is. It is maybe one of the most important games since we are together here. We cannot deny that. For the competition, for the rival, for many things.”
“I said to the players live it like a huge opportunity, enjoy the moment, we are incredibly lucky to be here. It is in our hands, it depends on us, we don’t have to do something exceptional, just be ourselves and win one game to reach the final”.
“We are going to give everything, do everything, I have an incredible feeling about the team. Whatever happens, thank you so much to them to bring me and the City fans to be here again.”
Manchester City are also looking to clinch a trophy this season with an upcoming FA Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley, that aside the league they already are in pole position to win.
Despite the significance of the upcoming games in the league and the FA cup final, Guardiola remains unconcerned about his personal legacy and how he will be remembered regardless of the outcomes in the remaining weeks of the season.