Manchester City: another humiliating failure for Pep Guardiola…

Last season’s unfortunate finalist, the Manchester City coach has failed again this season in the Champions League.

At the 89th minute of this Champions League semi-final second leg between Real Madrid and Manchester City, many people were expecting to see a crazy end of season between the Citizens and Liverpool. The two most spectacular teams of the moment were set for a duel of anthology in the Premier League (83 points for City against 82 for the Reds with 4 days to go) and in the European Cup. Pep Guardiola’s team was leading 5-3 on both games against the Merengues with one minute to go and was already qualified for its second Champions League final in a row, to face Liverpool at the Stade de France.

But when you play your European qualification in Spain, you can never be sure of anything, even in the 89th minute. PSG can attest to that. And that’s what happened to the Citizens. In two minutes, the game was turned into something unreal thanks to two goals from Rodrygo in stoppage time. Real had made up the deficit, before blowing up the Bernabeu with Karim Benzema’s winning penalty. Madrid was delirious while the cameras were almost all focused on one man: Pep Guardiola. Kicked off his feet after Rodrygo’s double, the Catalan ended his evening slumped on his bench, powerless against Madrid’s revolt. At the end of the match, he was able to find the strength to get up, greet the City fans and console his players.

Many eliminations against weaker teams

However, this new failure in the Champions League has hurt, very hurt. Destroyed by the Spanish and English press, it is a marked Pep Guardiola who appeared before the media. Lucid at the time of analyzing the game of his players, the Spaniard left leaving the doubt on his future. Information or simple reaction linked to the disappointment of an elimination? The future will tell us. But what is certain is that the record of the former midfielder with the Skyblues in the European Cup is not up to the investments made by his bosses (more than a billion euros). Since his arrival in England in 2016, Guardiola has only known failure in the most prestigious of continental competitions. Especially against teams much less posh than his club.

Taken out in the round of 16 by Kylian Mbappé’s AS Monaco, future champion of France, (5-3, 1-3) in 2017, City then broke its teeth three times in the quarterfinals: crushed by Liverpool (0-3, 1-2) in 2018, cruelly eliminated against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham (0-1, 4-3) in 2019 and surprised by Rudi Garcia’s OL (1-3) in the Final Four held in Lisbon in 2020. Finally, Chelsea had broken the dreams of Manchester last year in the final in Porto (0-1). The icing on the cake is that last night Pep Guardiola became the coach who has been eliminated the most times in the Champions League semi-finals, along with José Mourinho. Six defeats, including two with Barcelona, three with Bayern Munich and one with Manchester City. Also in the statistics department, The Independent recalls that of the eleven eliminations experienced by Guardiola in the Champions League since 2010, 8 are matches in which his teams conceded at least two goals in a short time (2 in 13 minutes in 2010, 3 in 18 in 2014, 3 in 17 in 2015, 2 in 8 in 2017, 3 in 19 in 2018, 2 in 3 in 2019, 2 in 8 in 2020 and 3 in 6 in 2022).

The fear of a blank season

On paper, the record of the Spaniard is already enough talk. But yesterday, many found fault with City’s performance. Although Guardiola’s team was not as dominant as in the first leg, they controlled the match. As a reminder, Madrid did not score on any of their five attempts in the first half. But once again, it was the Citizens’ offensive efficiency that was pointed out. Already in the first leg, City should have scored more than four goals instead of ending up with a 4-3. And yesterday, how could we not think about the two huge chances (and especially Ferland Mendy’s incredible save on his line) signed by Jack Grealish just before Rodrygo’s first goal (87th, 88th)?

At a time when Erling Haaland is being touted for the Etihad next season, City might have thought that the game would have been over with a real number 9, a profile that the Citizens have lacked since the departure of Sergio Agüero. In short, a new disillusionment that City will undoubtedly try to forget with millions during the next mercato. In the meantime, the English media is wondering if this new European fiasco of Guardiola will have consequences on the battle for the title. Will the Citizens lose everything by May 22? As a reminder, apart from his first season at the Etihad (2016/2017), Pep Guardiola has never finished a season without a trophy since he has been coaching City…

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