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Pep Guardiola insists he is not under extra pressure this season following last year’s trophy-less campaign

Pep Guardiola claims he does feel under extra pressure this season – despite ending his first year at Manchester City empty-handed.

Guardiola’s barren first campaign at City was the first time the decorated Spaniard, who enjoyed glittering spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, failed to win a trophy in a season since becoming a manager.

City have moved to address that failure by lavishing more than £200million on new signings this summer, with the Blues now installed as favourites to win the Premier League title.

But Guardiola, who admitted he would have been sacked by Barca and Bayern if he failed to win a trophy, said he is not feeling the heat ahead of a make-or-break season for him.

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“It’s the same pressure as I had last season,” said Guardiola. “We’re here to win games and titles.

“But it’s never a big problem. I’m honest in my job. I’ll do my best like I did last season. If the club decides ‘he’s not able’, we’re going to take a solution.

“I feel the same pressure as Barcelona when I arrived. People said we were favourites. We have to deal with that and handle that.”

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