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

Real Madrid continue to shake up, and how, clubs owned by Middle Eastern billionaires (which have seen meteoric rises in size due to outsized investments), proving – although obviously also an emblem of recognized financial ability – from the old adage 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.

after the white of Carlo Ancelotti – recently crowned champion of Spain -, with a workforce valued at around 760 million euros, has Tidy with Paris Saint-Germain (€904m) wreaking havoc on the club in the French capital, it was time to dispatch Manchester City (€960m) in the Champions League, which, for Pep Guardiola, means overcoming, at the end of the season, a decade without winning the Champions League.

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

At the end of 2010/2011, fourth consecutive season in blaugranaGuardiola took a sabbatical to move to Bayern Munich in 2012/13 where, in three seasons, as in citizens (completing the sixth season in a row), Pep Guardiola no longer lifted the Champions League, only fulfilling what can be called, in a way, minimum expectationsby winning three Bundesligas and three Premier Leagues.

In other words, without the planetary star Lionel Messi who, in the aforementioned phase, purely and simply shaken defenses, and without two of the best midfielders in the history of world football – perhaps the best duo of all time – Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta, on whom much of the doctrine of the tiki takait is certain that the famous Catalan technician has entered a spiral depressed when it comes to the most coveted title, the Champions League.

The history of Pep Guardiola in the Champions League

Manchester City

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

2020/21 – second beaten (Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel)

2019/20 – quarter-finals (Lyon, Rudi Garcia)

2018/19 – quarter-finals (Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino)

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

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

Bayern Munich

2015/16 – semi-finals (Atlético Madrid, Diego Simeone)

2014/15 – semi-finals (Barcelona, ​​​​Luis Enrique)

2013/14 – 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)

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