Pep Guardiola mentioned Jurgen Klopp, and joked that he might get the sack if his side lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
City face the LaLiga giants over two legs in the round of 16 of this season’s competition and are favourites to win the competition.
Guardiola, who name-checked Klopp when talking about elite coaches, and his team find themselves 22 points behind leaders Liverpool after losing six Premier League games to date.
Real on the other hand top LaLiga by three points and have lost just once in the league all season, and have won the Champions League four times in the last six seasons.
It’s arguably one of the ties of the round, along with Liverpool v Atletico Madrid with Guardiola looking to go beyond the last eight for the first time in four seasons.
“If we don’t beat them, the owner can arrive and say: “You’re not good enough, I’m going to fire you,” said Guardiola, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.
“I don’t know, it’s something that happens often and could happen. He may come and tell me: ‘We have done well, how can we improve?’ It’s what they’ve done since I’m here, trying to improve.
“This year we work even harder than last season, when we won all trophies in England. The players want to play well, they suffer when games are lost.
“People believe that if you are Guardiola or Klopp you have to earn everything every year and that is impossible. Sometimes there are rivals and sometimes you just can’t win. If you don’t win the Champions League, it’s a disaster and if you win it, it’s a success.
“If so, the more than one hundred years of Manchester City would be a disaster and that is not true.
“I am a good coach, but not the best. Give me a team other than Manchester City and I will not win, we send a wrong message to the new generations if we teach them that only victory matters.”