Manchester City had the golden chance to qualify for the quarter-finals of UEFA Champions League but they lost the opportunity due to Guardiola’s oversabi. Oversabi is a person who feels the need to act like they know it all and Guardiola is a well-known vindictive-oversabi.
Remember how he shut out Yaya Toure at the beginning of the season despite all entreaties?
In City’s match against Monaco, Guardiola was just too attack-minded and used only one defensive midfielder, Fernandiho. He did this despite knowing the City defence had been very poor without captain Vincent Company. He didn’t even consider the fact that he is playing Monaco, a very high scoring side.
Well, his tactic failed as early as the 8th minute when Kylian Mbappe scored. Fabinho, who was the man of the match, doubled the score in the 29th minute. Leroy Sané scored for City in the 71 minute.
Assuming City kept their cool and saw the match out, they would have qualified. But the weak defence failed them again. Tiemoué Bakayoko scored in the 77th to seal City’s fate.
This means Monaco qualifies for the next round based on the away goals rule on the aggregate of 6-6. Monaco lost the first leg 5 goals to 3.
Consequently, City became the first team in Champions League history to be eliminated after scoring five goals in a first-leg knockout round tie. Sad.
Presumably, Guardiola refused to blame his tactics for Manchester City’s Champions League loss. He even criticized his players for failing to show up in the first half. Typical Guardiola.
He said: “All managers make mistakes. If the other manager wins, he’s the better one. But I don’t think it was down to a tactical mistake. It’s simple. I was sometimes in semi-finals, losing some of them looking to score goals. I did it all my career in that way. But today the problem was the first half. We weren’t there. We wanted to show personality, not to let them think, but they could pass and pass. We forgot to do that in the first half. My mistake was being not able to convince them [the players] to do that. I did in the second half, but it was too late.”
Guardiola’s coaching acumen cannot be disputed. But, his philosophy and style of play may probably sink him resulting in City not winning any silverware. Let’s watch their performance this weekend as they play Liverpool in a crunchy tie.
Written by Damilola Faustino