Pep Guardiola appeared to take a swipe at Manchester City when discussing his performance in his debut campaign, stating that Bayern Munich or Barcelona would have sacked him by now.
The Spaniard still needs to claim four points from his remaining two Premier League games to qualify for the group stages of next season's Champions League, a feat which at the start of the season, was the minimal requirement.
Guardiola acknowledges that a performance of this calibre at either of his two previous clubs would have been deemed unacceptable, a comment which seems to take a swipe at City's stature in European football.
Guardiola said, via The Sun: “In my situation at a big club, I’m sacked. I’m out, for sure. Definitely. At Barca or Bayern Munich, there you have to win by a lot.
“If not, they don’t give you a second chance. Here they gave me a second chance and we will try to do better.
“Pressure is what I had when I arrived in Barcelona. At that club if in six months you don’t win, you are out really.”
Well, City fans may not be too pleased with that from their manager. Guardiola also took aim at his players after a challenging season on all fronts.
He added: “With the quality of our players it should have been better.
“My only regret is we were not able to fight to the end in the Premier League.”
The Premier League has been Guardiola's toughest job yet and if he fails to properly enforce his philosophy and bring in the right personnel to compete next season, the Spaniard will be removed from his post.