Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed what defeat has been the hardest for him in his coaching career so far. He looks back on a game with FC Bayern.
“The 0:4 against Madrid,” Guardiola replied in an interview with Youtuber DjMaRiio DjMaRiio when asked about his most bitter failure. In the return leg of the Champions League semi-final first leg, Guardiola’s Bayern lost to the Royals at home to Allianz Arena after just 34 minutes after two goals from Sergio Ramos and one from Cristiano Ronaldo.
All hopes of a turnaround after the 0:1 in the first leg were thus dashed from the start. Guardiola, for whom the start against Real as a former Barcelona coach was particularly difficult anyway, had taken steps in his tactical orientation for this match that he “did not feel. I’m all to blame that day because we shouldn’t have played against Madrid, which was a great team. They had a bomb squad.
Guardiola wants champions league with Manchester City
Ronaldo made it 4-0 with his second goal in the 90th minute, and Madrid regained the Premier League title for the first time since 2002. Guardiola, who has been in charge at City since 2016, also failed to reach the semi-finals with Bayern in the next two years, first at Barca and then at Atletico Madrid.
With his current club, however, he is aiming for his first Champions League triumph. “The only thing they don’t have is a Champions League trophy and it’s normal for people to want them. It is a good thing that they are trying to do that. I’ll try, and if not this year, then next year. But the world is not going to fall if we don’t win it,” Guardiola said.
England face Real Madrid in the quarter-finals. The match will be played at the Bernabeu on 26 February.