Another season, another failure of Pep Guardiola in the Champions League. If it's for his consolation, now at least he made it to the finals, but he didn't win it again. The Catalan was hired to bring the Champions League to Manchester City, and here, the fifth season passes without the most significant trophy in continental football.
He was first stopped in 2017 by Monaco in the round of 16, in 2018 by Liverpool in the quarterfinals, in 2019 by Tottenham on the same step, last August by Lyon in the semifinals, and now, when he reached the match that decides everything, Chelsea stopped him.
On top of all that, it is worth reminding that Guardiola sat on the Bayern bench from 2013 to 2016 and was not even close to triumph in this competition. In the spring of 2014, he was stopped by Real Madrid (0: 1, 0: 4), then his Barcelona (0: 3, 3: 2), then Atletico Madrid (0: 1: 2: 1).
Every time in the semifinals. The last time Guardiola climbed to the highest podium of the Champions League was in 2011 in the penultimate season of leading Barcelona (in the next he was stopped in the semifinals with Barcelona, and Chelsea was across the street).
Then, with the club in which he became famous both in terms of playing and coaching, he defeated Manchester United at Wembley.
He was better than the Red Devils two years earlier in Rome. And those are his two only cups in this competition.
For example, Jose Mourinho has the same number of CL (with Porto 2004, Inter 2010), with the Portuguese being rumored in the world of football that his career is downhill, and if you look only at the biggest successes, he is on the same level with Pep.
Of the active coaches, three Champions League trophies each have Carlo Ancelotti (with Milan in 2003 and 2007, and Real 2014), and Zinedine Zidane in the role of the commander-in-chief of the royal club (2016, 2017, 2018).
And there is still an opinion that Guardiola is the best in the world. Maybe he is, but the performance in the Champions League does not help him justify that status. Although in the meantime, he won trophies with both Bayern (seven) and Manchester City (ten).
It should be reminded that the Bavarians brought him to continue where Jupp Heynckes left off as the continental champion and the Arab owners of the Citizens with the task of climbing them to the roof of Europe because they enjoyed the status of the best English team with Robert Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini.
They invested £ 832,000,000 to make a team capable of winning the Champions League. And they will still spend. 2011 was a long time ago.