Pep Guardiola has admitted he would have been sacked by Barcelona or Bayern Munich if he had underachieved there like he has at Manchester City this season.

But saying: "At a big club, I'm sacked", isn't helpful to his cause - something he instantly realised at his news conference ahead of Tuesday's game with West Brom.

Manchester City has a good grip on fourth place in the Premier League, but it can all fall to pieces if they lost to West Brom on May 16.

The City boss accepts he has fallen below expectations since arriving at the Etihad Stadium last summer and must improve next term.

"I came here to try to win this year, but it was not possible", he told reporters.

"You could go to tribunal and they could put an extraordinary amount of money on it and you're stuck with it. At the clubs I worked at before I am not here, but here we have a second chance and we will try to do it better than this season", he added.

"You have the [headlines] for tomorrow in the newspaper, you are happy, eh?" he replied when asked to clarify what he said.

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Pep Guardiola has called on fans to help City qualify fir the Champions League and give Pablo Zabaleta a winning send-off in his final season at the club.

Pep, 45, realizes that had he been coaching such clubs as Barcelona or Bayern Munich, this disappointing finish would have cost him his job.

A former Barca midfielder, the 46-year-old led the Catalan club to 14 trophies in four years, including three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues, between 2008 and 2012. "If what happens next season is not going well, I'll have one more year of contract and, if it's not going well, they are going to change the manager", he said.

Tony Pulis' West Brom side, who have nothing left to play for this season, will sit deep as always and look to make the Citizens pay on any careless set piece opportunities that are given away. "On the pitch, the team could not have done more and I am sure all Albion fans were proud of a terrific performance".

"The people who are hired are focused on their teams, they do what they have to do".

"Arsenal play against Sunderland and Everton - one is relegated and one is in the Europa League - so it is the same situation".

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