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Champions League: I could be sacked if I lose to Real Madrid – Guardiola

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he could be sacked if his side lose their last-16 clash against Real Madrid.

Second-placed City are currently 22 points off the pace in the Premier League with rivals Liverpool storming the league having only dropped two points all campaign.

Guardiola‘s men still have a chance to win the FA Cup, League Cup – where they will face Aston Villa in the final – and the Champions League.

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And Guardiola suggested that he could get the boot if they lose their Champions League tie against Real Madrid.

“That’s why it is so difficult to win it. And in 100 and more seasons of history for Manchester City, it was 100 seasons of failure – that is not true,” Guardiola told Football Daily.

“There are many incredible players that made our fans happy, and (times when) our fans enjoyed part of the season. I know the people say ‘You are good’ or ‘You’re not good enough.’

“I accept it. I want to win the Champions League, I dream and will enjoy the games against Real Madrid, to see what I can do.

“And this process, the two weeks before, will be the happiest moments of my profession, to imagine what we can do to beat them.

“If we don’t beat them, then the chairman will come, or the sporting director, and say ‘It’s not good enough, we want the Champions League, I’m going to sack you’.

“Then ‘OK, thank you, it was a pleasure.’”

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Man City the ‘perfect place’ for Ferran Torres, says Txiki Begiristain

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Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain said the club had been tracking Ferran Torres for some time and backed him to reach the “next level” under Pep Guardiola.

“We have followed Ferran’s progress closely and have been very impressed,” he said.

“He is young and still developing, but his technical qualities are exactly what we are looking for in a winger.

“He is quick, direct, can create space with one movement and is capable of producing match-winning moments.

“I feel this is the perfect place for him to develop and with Pep in charge he can take his game to the next level.”

City have moved quickly to find a replacement for Leroy Sane after the Germany international moved to Bayern Munich in a deal worth an initial €49m (£45m/$58m) earlier in the summer.

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Guardiola is expected to follow up the signing of Torres with the addition of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake in the coming days in a deal worth £40m ($52m), with a potential further £1m in add-ons.

Torres becomes City’s first major signing of the summer following deals for Juventus forward Pablo Moreno, Brazilian full-back Yan Couto from Coritiba and Burkina Faso defender Issa Kabore from Mechelen.

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City are expecting a busy summer as they try to close the gap on Premier League champions Liverpool and are likely to add another central defender and forward before the transfer window closes.

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Former Arsenal manager, Unai Emery,  targets Guendouzi

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Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery will offer Matteo Guendouzi a route out of the Emirates by trying to sign him for Villarreal.

Emery was in charge when Guendouzi signed for Arsenal, with the club now looking to move the French midfielder on after disciplinary issues saw him fall out of favour with Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal had hoped to use Guendouzi in a part-exchange with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, but according to Standard Sports Barca are not interested in the Frenchman.

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So, as Foot Mercato reports, Villarreal could be an option for the 21-year-old.

While there only appears to be a handful of Arsenal fans who want to see Guendouzi stay, it does seem that plenty of supporters have one particular problem with the report.

Guendouzi’s stock remains high. He looks to be an extremely talented player with a bright future ahead of him. And Foot Mercato notes that he has been linked with Barcelona in this window.

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Therefore, several fans are imploring Arsenal to not sanction a loan move this summer. At the very least, they want to see Emery agree to an obligation to buy rather than an option.

Arteta may have to work with a modest budget during the coming weeks. So Arsenal arguably cannot afford to let any high-value players leave on loan.

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The fans are urging the club to move Guendouzi on permanently. And if a loan is the best they can do, they want Emery to commit to keeping him at the end of the season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, girlfriend spotted on romantic date (Photos)

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Cristiano Ronaldo and girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, have been spotted enjoying a dinner date with friends in Portofino, Italy.

The couple were pictured with some friends enjoying a candlelit dinner at the ‘La Langosteria’ near the small fishing village of Portofino, with the Portuguese captain donning a pair of grey trousers and a navy t-shirt which he matched with white sneakers, while his partner rocked a tight blue dress with white heels.

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The couple were joined for dinner by fellow Portuguese star, Jose Semedo, who played with Ronaldo at Sporting Lisbon.

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