The manager knows ending a medley of misdemeanours in Europe is the only way his team can win the Champions League
Manchester City are stuck in a Groundhog Day of Champions League defensive disappointments under Pep Guardiola. For the generation’s pre-eminent manager, hired to lead the club to its inaugural triumph, fixing this achilles heel has been a Sisyphean challenge he hopes to finally overcome at a seventh attempt.
After Leipzig were eviscerated 7-0 in City’s last outing in the competition, this was high on the mind of a manager who referred to a number of the reverses suffered due to his vulnerable rearguard. The victory was decorated by Erling Haaland scoring five yet Guardiola demurred when asked if the Norwegian’s goals are what City missed in the previous disappointments dealt them by Monaco, Liverpool, Tottenham, Lyon, Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Written by Jamie Jackson
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/apr/10/pep-guardiola-manchester-city-bayern-munich-champions-league under the title “Guardiola’s City search for defensive solidity in tough Bayern Munich test | Jamie Jackson”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.