There’s something unusual with crucial Champions League quarter-final games that cause Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to clasp. Of his last 24 knockout ties from home, the Spanish boss only managed five successive wins.
More often than not, en route notable success in his managerial career, unintentional victors tend to strike accidentally, out of the blues, with a staggering level of shock, dealing such blows that leave Guardiola mentally deadened in the aftermath.
In spite of winning two Champions League titles in charge of Barcelona in 2008-09 and 2010-11, acclaimed gaffer Pep Guardiola hasn’t been able to progress past the semi-finals in any of his last four attempts.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss’s record deteriorated last night when his City side took a shocking 3-0 pounding by Liverpool at Anfield.
On Wednesday night, under the supercharged atmosphere of Anfield, Manchester City was mysteriously humiliated, but the anticipated footballing adventure football fans craved for was missing, and with the Cityzens improbable to dance to a different tune at the Etihad.
Across these games, Manchester City has been outscored. City has netted a combined 27 goals over 24 fixture and have conceded 32, with Guardiola’s last 24 Champions League ties from home in the knockout phases of the competition, winning nine games, drawn 10 and won five.
It was Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane who compiled more on Guardiola’s misery. Presently, it appears his side have a mountain to move to remain in the competition
Should Manchester City figure out how to rescue their quarter-final tie, fans will be hoping Guardiola shakes off his bad curse with Champions League.
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