Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

Pep Guardiola feels supported by Man City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak

Pep Guardiola feels supported by Man City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak

Vincent Kompany has only started five games for Manchester City this season.

Leroy Sane's goal looked to have sealed a place in the quarter-finals for City however Tiemoue Bakayoko's late header denied them.

Guardiola has revealed a text message conversation he had with Mubarak following their away-goals defeat to Monaco in the last 16.

While City's owner Sheikh Mansour will give Guardiola time and plenty of money to get things right next season, the reality is the Spaniard's first year at the helm will be classed as a major disappointment unless City go on to win the FA Cup.

Yes, we know that we can be hard to play in games like this, that's true, but we have to be at our best to get anything there because they are strong, they are good, and if you get a little bit passive, they play you around and that's it.

Man City, who had no shot attempt in the first half, were on the brink of elimination with no away goal after Fabinho successfully brought it to an aggregate of 5-5, compared to their Monaco counterparts' tally of three.

"We're going to improve a lot next season".

"We work really hard on it all week to bring this on the pitch but I'm sure he does the same".

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Speaking of those other top six teams, all of them have at least a game in hand on Liverpool - Manchester United have two - but nevertheless, as it stands, a win against Manchester City would propel the Reds into third place, putting them two points above City and eight above Arsenal.

Al Mubarak told Guardiola he realised how hard it is to win the Champions League, and the coach added: "I know better than him how it works so when results happen, we are always going to take a decisions". "I am more interested in which mood we have and what we can do when we are there".

However, after the beginning whistle, Man City players found it fairly hard to put the ball in their control. I saw his reaction [and] I am really impressed.

The race for the top four is heating up as the season enters its business end, with five teams battling it out for the remaining three places; Chelsea are seemingly out of reach of their chasing pack and are nearly guaranteed Champions League football in the 2017/18 campaign as they are now 10 points clear at the top of the table. I think that's not too bad. "I tried, I tried - and I will try again", said Guardiola. The other teams in the quarter-final draw are holders Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City.

"For me it's a big challenge and I want to deal with that, I want to see if I am able to do that".

"They could play at 70 at 80 per cent, but not here".

"There are different reasons for it, for all of us, it's a long season and especially players who play for their national teams".

"City have a team that is good enough to win the Champions League, which is why our joy is even greater".

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