Pep Guardiola, the coach at Dragon Stadium, missed a great opportunity to win his third Champions League title yesterday, Saturday, by losing his team, Manchester City, in the final match to Chelsea, 0-1, who won the title.
German coach Thomas Tuchel’s team won a third time in 3 different competitions in just one month against Guardiola’s team, crowned the Premier League title, to lift Chelsea the major European Cup.
Since Guardiola’s appointment in 2016, Manchester City have dominated English football, winning 3 Premier League titles, 4 Carabao Cup titles, and winning the FA Cup once and twice the Community Shield Cup.
“We competed incredibly well,” Guardiola said after the final. “It was our first time here. We must prepare to go back someday.”
But City, in the decisive final of the title, failed to beat Chelsea, who clinched a deserved 1-0 victory thanks to a Kai Havertz goal in the first half.
Manchester City became one of the 20 clubs that reached the final of the Champions League but did not win the title, and this list includes teams such as Atletico Madrid, Spain and the three-time runners-up, as well as Stade de Reims, France, and Valencia, Spain, both of whom reached the final twice without winning it.
In the five seasons that Guardiola spent as coach of Manchester City, the club, which has been repeatedly accused of playing unfair financial play, spent 938 million euros in contracts, or more than a billion dollars, and brought in 315 million euros in sales. That is, he pumped a net investment of 623 million euros to the team to win 10 local titles, and it continues to fail to achieve its primary goal of winning the Champions League.