Manchester City icon Yaya Toure believes Pep Guardiola may have been sacked already if he was in charge of Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Guardiola is under pressure from some quarters at the Etihad having seen City beaten to the Premier League title and knocked out of the Champions League by Lyon.
Many thought this would be City’s year to end their Champions League hoodoo and at least make the final.
But they were dispatched in the last eight with plenty of criticism’s over Guardiola’s tactics against Ligue 1 outfit Lyon.
And Toure, speaking at Hotels.com Dream Screen, believes his former manager would have been in trouble if he had the same record at either of the La Liga giants.
The ex-City and Barcelona star said: “Of course when you bring in a manager of this calibre he needs to have results.
“I don’t know how the people in the club, the board are thinking, it’s them that is going to make this kind of decision.
“When you go down to the fans, every fan has a point of view. People maybe love the style of play, people maybe love the way City are playing now, and they achieve but sometimes it’s quite complicated.
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“It’s down to the board and what they’re going to decide to do with him. For me, he’s a manager up there as well – in the class of [Liverpool boss Jurgen] Klopp, [Real Madrid manager Zinedine] Zidane but it’s up to the club.
“I know City, they can have whatever manager they want because everybody knows they got the money to do it.
“The board at City – Txiki [Begiristain] and [Ferran] Soriano – and they are always friends and maybe they cannot find a way to (turn) things around. But I don’t know what they will do.
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“Maybe if it was Barcelona or maybe Real Madrid, for sure he’s going to be in trouble.”
Guardiola has led City to two Premier League titles since taking over in 2016.
Though he has not lifted the Champions League since guiding Barca to that crown in 2011, failing to replicate his success at Bayern Munich or the Etihad.
And Toure, who won the Champions League under Guardiola at Barcelona in 2009, believes the Spaniard has had everything he needed to take the trophy to Manchester.
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The Ivorian added: “People are finding a way to say he’s coming just for the Champions League or for anything.
“You cannot lie about that because the budget the club have been giving to him year after year, he needs to have the trophy.
“He needed to have it but unfortunately sometimes it’s quite complicated – maybe they don’t get the luck they needed in the important stages (but) we have to give respect to Lyon as well because they got it spot on.”
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Guardiola has overseen total spending of nearly £700m since he arrived, though not all signings have worked.
There was also plenty of pressure on Toure when he joined City in 2010, but the 37-year-old, who was recently seen training with Leyton Orient, believes it’s different for the manager.
“When I was brought to City there was quite a lot, a lot, a lot of pressure on me to be honest,” he continued.
“I was sometimes very vocal and important persons of the club called me and said I need to deliver, we need to win the trophies, we have to do this. It was hard.
“Week in, week out when you’re playing with this pressure on your mind, it was fairly intense.
“As a manager it’s different. If you have the support of the board, the board is behind you and gives you everything when you want it, when you don’t deliver it is quite complicated.”
Yaya Toure was speaking at the Hotels.com Dream Screen drive-in experience ahead of the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2020. Hotels.com is the official partner of the UEFA Champions League.
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