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Ball - Guardiola's last Champions League was over a decade ago (Manchester City)

Ball – Guardiola’s last Champions League was over a decade ago (Manchester City)

Real Madrid continues to shake up and, in any way, the clubs owned by billionaires from the Middle East (who have scored huge heights in terms of size due to disproportionate investments), proving – despite the fact that it is also clearly a mantra with an acknowledged financial ability – From the aphorism of Johan Cruyff who once said: “Why can’t you beat a richer club? I’ve never seen a bag of money score a goal.”

Let Pep Guardiola say it, one of the best coaches in the world.

distance whiteness From Carlo Ancelotti – who was recently crowned champion of Spain – with a squad estimated at about 760 million euros, elegant – tidy With Paris Saint-Germain (904 million euros), causing chaos at the club in the French capital, now is the time send Manchester City (960 million euros) in the Champions League, which means for Pep Guardiola to beat, at the end of this season, a contract without winning the Champions League.

In fact, these two continental titles won exclusively by the Catalan in the service of the club where he was born football, Barcelona, ​​in 2008/2009 and 2010/2011 and thanks to coincidence curiosity, in the two. In the finals, he beat Manchester United, through Sir Alex Ferguson, the first 3-1 and the second 2-0.

At the end of 2010/2011, the fourth consecutive season in The BlaugranaGuardiola took leave in 2012/13, to move to Bayern Munich where, in three seasons, as in Citizens (Continuing for the sixth season in a row), Pep Guardiola never lifted the Champions League again, achieving only what might be called, in a certain way, Minimum expectationsBy winning three Bundesliga titles and three Premier League titles.

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In other words, without the planetary star Lionel Messi who, at the above-mentioned stage, simply and simply shook defenses, and without two of the best midfielders in world football history – perhaps the best duo ever – Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta, who were much of a dogma Tiki-takaThe famous Catalan technician has certainly gone into a whirlpool Depressed When it comes to the most coveted title, the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola’s history in the Champions League

Manchester

2021/22 – Semi-finals (Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti)

2020/21 – Final Winner (Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel)

2019/20- Quarter-finals (Lyon, Rudy Garcia)

2018/19- Quarter-finals (Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino)

2017/18 – Quarter-finals (Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp)

2016/17 – Round of 16 (Monaco, Leonardo Jardim)

Bayern Munich

2015/2016 – Semi-finals (Atletico Madrid, Diego Simeone)

2014/2015 – Semi-finals (Barcelona, ​​Luis Enrique)

2013/2014 – Semi-finals (Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti)

Barcelona

2011/12 – Semi-finals (Chelsea, Roberto Di Matteo)

2010/11 – winner (Manchester United, Alex Ferguson)

2009/10 – Semi-finals (Inter Milan, Jose Mourinho)

2008/09 – winner (Manchester United, Alex Ferguson)