Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola risks being sacked by the German giants if he doesn’t get past Juventus in the Champions League last 16.
The Spaniard confirmed last month that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season and replacing Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City.
Having already endured a difficult relationship with the hierarchy in Bavaria, The Express claim that his decision to go public has also created issues with some members of his squad, and there are doubts that he isn’t as focused on his current job as they would like.
While that is unclear to those outside of the club, what is clear is that the former Barcelona boss is under significant pressure to deliver in the Champions League with with the German outfit expected to compete in the latter stages of the competition.
Bayern hold a five-point lead over Dortmund in the race for the Bundesliga title this season, and many expect them to continue to dominate domestically and deliver another league crown to their supporters.
However, Guardiola has yet to deliver success in Europe since arriving in Germany, and it is claimed in the report in The Express that should he fail against Juventus in the coming weeks, then he will risk being sacked and will leave Munich before the end of the season.
The Italian champions will be buoyed by their win over Scudetto rivals Napoli on Saturday night, and provided that they recover some key players from injury in time, they will certainly prove to be a stern test for Guardiola.
With the pressure mounting, it remains to be seen if the Spaniard can secure his position until his intended departure date, although his situation is in stark contract to that of Pellegrini who has been widely praised for his ability to stay committed to the cause despite knowing that he will be replaced in a few months time.