Guardiola’s Failure in the Royal Class: A Chronology
In Spain they never tire of calculating Pep Guardiola (48) how much money he has “already burned” at Manchester City. In 2019, the Catalan will not lift the coveted Champions League trophy into the sky either – it’s worth looking back.
With FC Barcelona, Guardiola won the European Cup of National Champions for the first time in 1992. As coach, he won the prestigious Henkel pot with the Catalans in 2009 and 2011. But since then the supposed love affair has suffered a break…
2011/12: In the year of the dramatic “final dahoam” of the Bavarians, Guardiola – his last season in Barcelona – fails in the semi-final against the later title winner. After a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea FC, the Catalans will not get beyond a disappointing 2-2 win at home. Lionel Messi becomes a tragic figure.
2013/14: After his sabbatical year, in which the Bavarians won the triple, Guardiola moves to Munich. Of course, the fans prefer a repetition of the historic triumph. However, Guardiola’s semi-final is over again – and the German record champion even goes down badly against Real. After the 0:1 in the first leg, the Catalan coach says he is making a “huge mistake”. The shot goes to the back: Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos (two goals each) provide a clear 4:0 in Munich.
2014/15: Guardiola’s much-anticipated return to Barcelona is due on 6 May 2015. Once again he reached the semi-finals with the Bavarians. However, superstar Lionel Messi’s two goals (Neymar even added in injury time) set the course early for the later final (3-0). In the second leg, the FCB will throw everything into the balance, but in the end it will only be enough to win 3-2.
2015/16: The semi-final subscription is also valid in Guardiola’s Bavarian capital last year. This time Atletico Madrid will be the opponent, with the Bayern offensive already biting their teeth out in the first leg (0:1). In the return leg, the Munich side and their coach want to know, but Antoine Griezmann takes the German representative to the heart with an ice-cold counter-attack. A 2:1 is in the end once again too little.
2016/17: After three years in Munich, Guardiola seeks his fortune in Manchester. City hopes with the big name on the bank for the big litter in Europe. In the first year the attempt fails – already in the round of sixteen. Surprise team Monaco, led by youngster Kylian Mbappé, are not distracted by a 3-5 draw in the first leg and turn the tables around in the second (3-1).
2017/18: One of Guardiola’s bitterest hours comes the following year, when City meet league rivals Liverpool in the quarter-finals. The Skyblues lose the first leg 3-0, but Guardiola’s hopes are not yet buried. Despite a strong performance – especially before the break – the Citizens lose 1-2 at the end due to questionable referee decisions of Guardiola’s compatriot Antonio Mateu Lahoz. Guardiola is already banished to the stands for the break.
2018/19: In the third year at City it should finally work out. After the 0:1 in the first leg at Tottenham, Guardiola also took his own fans to task. In the second leg, his team played some exciting football, but failed again in the quarter-finals. The 4:3 in the Etihad Stadium was the Catalan as “cruel”. As against Monaco, the reigning English champions will be doomed by the away goals rule in the end – Raheem Sterling’s missed goal in the third minute of injury time fits into the dramaturgy.