Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Pep Guardiola is pleased with how his first meeting with Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour went – but is well aware he needs to deliver.
City took advantage of a free weekend to travel to Abu Dhabi for a warm-weather training camp last week and spent time with the ambitious club’s hierarchy during the trip.
It was the first time Guardiola had met with the sheikh, who has been central to City’s transformation in the past nine years, since the Spaniard’s much-heralded arrival at the Etihad Stadium last summer.
Guardiola said: “With (chairman) Khaldoon (Al Mubarak) we speak regularly – the last period he came often here – but the other people we met for the first time, (including) Sheikh Mansour.
“I was really impressed that he knew absolutely everything about us. It was nice to meet him and spend a few hours together.
“He is so happy because he sees all the games and he sees the effort, he demands it. He knows we give absolutely everything and we fight until the end.
“It was nice because it is important for us to know the president. I had good relations with almost all my owners in Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
“But they know, we know, all the managers and owners know, that we are here because of the results. If the results are not good we are going to be replaced by another. I replaced another manager.”
A Premier League title in Guardiola’s first season now seems unlikely with City 11 points behind leaders Chelsea, albeit with a game in hand.
But their Champions League challenge is still alive having beaten Monaco 5-3 in the first leg of their last-16 tie last week.
They are also still in the FA Cup and host Championship high-flyers Huddersfield in a fifth-round replay on Wednesday.