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Pep Guardiola pleased with chairman’s support

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists he feels in total control at the club following a conversation with club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak after their defeat to Monaco.

The Citizens, 3.25 to win the FA Cup, were dumped out of the Champions League on Wednesday night as they were beaten 3-1 by the Ligue 1 leaders.

City had gone into that game with a 5-3 aggregate lead but more poor defending and confusing tactics cost them.

Guardiola was put under more pressure following the defeat but he is adamant he feels good at the Etihad Stadium.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss received a text off owner Al Mubarak after the game and he insists the two are close.

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The former midfielder is now ready to kick on and improve the team ahead of next season.

He told Sky Sports: “I have more power than ever in my life as a manager. For me it’s a big challenge.

“This is the first time in my career as a manager where I feel: now is the moment, you have to see yourself as a manager.

“I received a text message from Al-Mubarak the day after Monaco. What do you believe (his reaction was)? He prefers to win the Champions League, he was not there (at the game) but he is always close.

“A few times in my career I felt this; with Juan Laporta, my old Barcelona president. I always felt Al-Mubarak is always there, close to the team, so close to me. But he knows, and I know better than him, how it works when that result happens.

”Always we are going to take a decision but I always feel that support in the good moments and bad moments, especially in the bad moments. I saw his reaction and I am really impressed. I appreciate that a lot.”

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