Pep Guardiola: Critics will ‘kill’ Manchester City if they lose to Monaco

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Pep Guardiola believes that Manchester City’s critics will “kill them” if they lose to Monaco.

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The two teams meet at the Etihad Stadium in tonight’s last-16 first leg, with the pressure on City as favourites to progress.

And Guardiola, who has endured a mixed start to his tenure at the club since joining from Bayern Munich over the summer, is fearful that the intense weight of expectation could impact negatively on his players during the tie.

“To be here is not easy,” he told reporters in his pre-match press conference.

“I want to convince the players to enjoy that moment. It is beautiful.”

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Guardiola’s previous clubs, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have been crowned European champions a combined 10 times between them, but for City, who reached their first ever Champions League semi-final last season, there is far less of a precedent in the competition.

The 46-year-old, though, is in no uncertain terms about what will follow should his side crash out of Europe against the Ligue 1 table-toppers.

“People can think Manchester City have to be here but a lot of big clubs are not here,” he added. “We are lucky guys.

“Our recent history is quite good but over the long history, Manchester City was not here for a long time.

“All of Europe will watch us, to analyse us, to kill us if we don’t win or say how good we are if we do.”

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