Guardiola: ‘We are 21 points behind Liverpool, our chairman is not happy with me’

Manchester City won back to back championships under Pep Guardiola, but the Spaniard has failed to make it three in a row for the Citizens. This season Liverpool has been the team to beat and they have managed to create a gap of 21 points between them and Man City. Guardiola has now revealed that chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak is ‘not happy’ with him after he failed to win another Premier League title.

Guardiola joined City in 2016 and since his arrival he has won eight domestic trophies, including two back-to-back Premier League titles. Their first title was won with a record number of points (100) but last season City beat Liverpool by the narrowest margins. This season the tables have turned and has Liverpool been dominating the league. The Reds could even surpass City’s record points in the Premier League.

And on Wednesday Guardiola has confirmed the inconsistency of City has not gone unnoticed in the board room: “I’m critical of my club,” Guardiola told a press conference. “Internally, when I don’t like something I say to my chairman, [but] my chairman is not happy with me. We finished 21 points behind Liverpool. He’s not happy with me, but we discuss internally to try and do better next season, to convince them. But always on the pitch.”

Guardiola’s contract will expire next summer and the Spaniard admitted earlier he is not prepared to look any further beyond next season. If he leaves, he has no doubt City will continue to be successful. “This club is incredibly solid with Pep and without Pep,” Guardiola added. This club had success before my arrival here, with [Roberto] Mancini and [Manuel] Pellegrini, they won a lot of titles and played really good football.”