One reason why Guardiola might not still win the Champions League this season
Pep Guardiola is often regarded by many as one of the most brilliant minds in the football coaching world, having announced himself with his incredible achievement with Barcelona between 2008 and 2012.
The former player took over the task of managing one of the biggest clubs in the world at that time, and turned them into a formidable force in world football.
Guardiola won the Champions League twice in three years with Barcelona, in 2009 and 2011, both against Manchester United, along side other trophies taking the total to 14 titles in just four years.
The success of Guardiola at that time was immensely attributed to the brilliance and incredible talent of players like Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o and Andrea Iniesta.
With these players, Guardiola’s Barcelona was considered the best team in the world with their exciting tiki taka football that made playing them a nightmare for many teams and were considered the favourites to win every competitions they played in.
With all the exploits, however, things started going out of plan when Chelsea ended their plan to win a consecutive Champions league titles by beating them in the semi finals, which made Guardiola to take one of the most shocking decisions in football:
He decided to quit his beloved Barcelona by resigning!
After taking a year off coaching duties, Guardiola joined Bayern Munich in the beginning of the 2013-2014 season, with the team fresh from winning the 2012-2013 Champions League, and with the German side looking to defend their title by hiring one of the best coaches in the world.
Guardiola, being an expensive coach that he is, got to work immediately and started splashing the cash on signing players with the as aim of being an European champion again.
Everything he wanted was provided by Bayern Munich, yet he couldn’t get his hands on the most sought after trophy in club football. Winning the Bundesliga and other domestic titles wasn’t a problem for the Spaniard, as Bayern won five titles in his three years in charge ( three Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokal trophies) which is quite a customary thing for the German giants.
After leaving Bayern in 2015, Guardiola was appointed immediately by Manchester City who are desperately chasing the Champions league glory for the first time in their history.
Manchester City, since appointing the former Barcelona man in 2015, has spent more than £500m in transfers, yet the trophy keeps slipping through his hands with the “Cityzens” always crashing out at the Quarter finals and the Semi finals stages.
The 2020-2021 season seemed to finally be the year for Guardiola and his Manchester City side to finally get hands on the trophy they have been chasing for years, but it was never meant to be as they were beaten 1-0 by bitter rivals Chelsea in a match where Guardiola was again blasted for his tactical gamble.
Loosing the title to a Chelsea side who were under the leadership of Tuchel for just five months is not a good feeling, and Guardiola might be facing questions on his credibility in delivering the Champions League, as you might as well think that his glorious days at Barcelona was nothing but sheer luck.
This season is predicted to be tougher than the last, as many top clubs are building their squads to snatch the trophy from Chelsea, and PSG, especially would be a major force with Messi, Neymar, Mbappe, Sergio Ramos and Donnarumma joining this season.
In my Opinion, Guardiola doesn’t have what it takes to win the Champions League yet, and his success in the past can be attributed to luck.
What do you think? Dou you think Guardiola can deliver the title for Manchester City this season?