Systemic flaws of Guardiola’s City keep Champions League out of reach | Barney Ronay

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Lack of a pure centre-forward hurt them against Real Madrid and manager’s challenge now is to lift his players for league defence

Hello darkness my old friend. As Pep Guardiola walked on to the pitch at the final whistle in the Bernabéu, a familiarly skinny-legged figure, that gleaming bald pate looking terribly tender under the hard white lights, still dressed head to toe in tailored black like a celebrity magician, or a university lecturer on his way to a funeral, it was hard not to feel the pathos of the moment.

Guardiola shook hands, patted his players and said something to the referee. He lingered near the centre circle, facing down the waves of triumphalism from the seats, in an arena where this really is personal, where Guardiola stands as a gargoyle of deep tribal rivalries.

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Written by Barney Ronay
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/may/05/guardiolas-inflexibility-leaves-manchester-city-no-closer-to-european-glory under the title “Systemic flaws of Guardiola’s City keep Champions League out of reach | Barney Ronay”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.