02/14/2020 will burn Manchester City fans for good or worse. Because on that day her club was banned from the Champions League for two years. This could also have consequences for the trainer.
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Sometimes you get the feeling that Pep Guardiola is obsessed with the handle pot. He keeps talking about the Champions League trophy, which he “only” won with FC Barcelona. Neither with Bayern nor with Manchester City did he make it into the premier class. A small flaw in Guardiola’s unique coaching career.
Pep Guardiola last time he won the Champions League (2011). (Source: Colorsport / imago images)
“Maybe we can swap?”
And so he repeatedly indicates how important the Champions League is to him – sometimes with humor. At a gala at the end of November 2019, he joked about Jürgen Klopp: “I would like to win his trophy (Champions League, ed.) And he would definitely win mine (Premier League, ed.). Maybe we can To deceive?”
What is packaged as a joke has a real core. After nine years of abstinence, Guardiola absolutely wants to put the handle pot in the air again. It hits him all the harder His team’s Champions League suspension, From next summer, Manchester City will have to watch for two years, Uefa announced on Friday.
Withdrawal or even dismissal?
Guardiola only has the current season to get closer to his big goal. If he missed that, he would face a difficult decision. His contract with the “Skyblues” is still valid until 2021, but a year without the Champions League would be difficult for the 49-year-old to cope with.
“I want to win the Champions League. I dream of it and look forward to preparing for the game against Real Madrid in the next two weeks,” he said in an interview with “Sky Sports” a few days ago. And so the question arises whether Guardiola will really stay in the summer if he leaves Manchester City again in the next few weeks, even if he keeps emphasizing how comfortable he feels.
Meet in the Champions League: Pep Guardiola (left) and Zinedine Zidane. (Source: ZUMA Press / imago images)
Finally, he spoke of a scenario in which it is not his unplugging but his superiors. “If we don’t beat them (Real Madrid, ed.), The president or sports director could come and say, ‘It’s not good enough. We want the Champions League and we will fire you,'” said Guardiola.
Rumors in November
If it comes to leaving Manchester, Guardiola would have enough options across Europe. He has been associated with Juventus several times anyway. A return to Barcelona was also discussed by some media. But he could not only start a second time in Barcelona, fans at Bayern want the time back under Guardiola.
In November this wishful thinking was even fed with food. The “Sport Bild” reported that Guardiola for club boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was the long-term dream solution as the successor to Niko Kovac, who was released in the autumn.
Currently, the coaching question in Munich is hardly an issue, because under Hansi Flick Bavaria is currently playing successful football. The tendency clearly goes beyond summer. But if Guardiola is available, the wind could still turn.