6 times Pep Guardiola failed because he thought too much in the Champions League
05 Th4 2022 | 12:51
The football world is no stranger to Pep Guardiola thinking in important matches in the Champions League and failing.
Champions League Final 2020/21: Pep Guardiola decided not to use a defensive midfielder in the final against Chelsea and launched Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne from the start. This plan failed when Chelsea took full advantage of Man City’s dislocated squad and won 1-0.
Quarter-finals of the 2019/20 season: Observers believe that Man City will easily win Lyon, but Pep’s decision to switch to play with a 3-man defense made the blue half of Manchester lose to the French representative 1-3 and be eliminated. Raheem Sterling’s kick to the sky at less than 6m was the highlight of Pep’s mistake.
Quarter-finals of the 2018/19 season: In the first leg against Tottenham in London, Pep suddenly put Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane on the bench. As a result, Man City lost 0-1. In the second leg, the two teams drew 4-4 in a tense last-minute match and Pep’s army was eliminated.
Quarter-finals of the 2017/18 season: Pep launched all four central midfielders De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan and David Silva from the start in the first leg against Liverpool at Anfield. Man City lost 0-3 after 45 minutes and could not get up in the second half as well as the second leg.
Semi-finals of the 2015/16 season: Pep puts the previous eight-goal Champions League striker, Thomas Mueller, on the bench against Atletico Madrid. This decision prevented Bayern from creating enough pressure on Atletico’s half and was punished by the home team thanks to Saul Niguez’s ecstatic moment. In the end, Bayern was eliminated by Atletico because of the away goal rule.
Semi-finals of the 2013/14 season: This is Pep’s most famous failure for thinking. In the first leg at the Bernabeu, Bayern lost to Real Madrid 0-1. Before the second leg at the Allianz Arena, Pep decided to change tactics, letting Bayern kick 4-2-4. As a result, Bayern lost 0-4. In the book about Pep Guardiola, author Marti Perarnau revealed that the Spaniard said after the game: “I was wrong. So wrong. It was terrible. This is the worst moment of my career.”
Ahead of the Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid, Pep is not afraid to joke about his own thinking. The Man City captain affirmed: “It will be boring when my team plays the same game against different opponents. Tonight, I will find inspiration again. Incredible tactics will be revealed. In the match against Atletico Madrid, it’s Man City playing with 12 players.”
According to Nhat Anh – Zing.vn | 15:36 04/05/2022