Man City stumble in Europe again
An all too familiar story played out for Manchester City last week.
The Citizens managed to see off Champions League specialists Real Madrid over two last 16 legs with an aggregate score of 4-2.
This saw Man City drawn against Lyon in the quarter-finals, a tie which, on paper at least, looked to be the easiest available to the Premier League side.
Lyon finished 7th in the French league during 2019/20 and their recent form had been pretty poor – only scraping past Juventus in the last round thanks to away goals.
However, Lyon would still manage to put three past the Citizens thanks to a poor choice of tactics and some typically off defending from the Sky Blues.
That result, of course, means Man City have now crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage for three seasons in a row, losing to Tottenham and Liverpool in previous campaigns.
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 30: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on November 30, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Guardiola’s Manchester City future
It also, obviously, means that Pep Guardiola, a man regarded by many as the greatest manager of the last decade or so, it yet to even get Man City to a Champions League semi-final.
Guardiola’s latest European failure coincides with Barcelona’s own struggles, which look set to see Quique Setien relieved of his duties.
And as per Goal, It has been suggested that a SOS call could be put out to Guardiola by Barca.
However, if recent comments from Pep’s agent are to be believed, then he will not be returning to Barcelona anytime soon.
Orobitg is understood to have told Goal that:
“Yes, Pep will stay at City 100 per cent.”
It is added that whilst Guardiola has just one year left on his current deal at the Etihad, fresh terms are in the pipeline.