Manchester City appeared in the 2018/19 season as one of the favorites to win the UEFA Champions League and Pep Guardiola sought to add a new one to his record as a coach, but it could not be: the Citizens lost in the quarter-finals to Tottenham, so the Spanish was left with the desire: he could not win the tournament outside of Barcelona.
In the 2019/20 campaign, after leaving Real Madrid out in the round of 16, he also gave indications that it could be the moment, but was stopped by Lyon, an unexpected rival. And this year, the Citizens entered the final of the competition after leaving Paris Saint-Germain on the road. Will he be able to win the international trophy again?
Pep Guardiola won the Champions League as a player
The former Barça midfielder won the tournament in the 1991-92 season, which was also his first season at the Blaugrana club. He started the final against Sampdoria, who won with the legendary goal of Ronald Koeman (current Catalan team coach), at Wembley. Afterwards he wasn't able to win any more in the tournament as a culé, nor with Roma, but he did win the European Super Cup twice (1992-92 and 1997-98) with Barcelona and the Super Cup in the season (1996-97).
Pep Guardiola won the Champions League as a coach
As a coach, he won the Champions League in his first edition under Barcelona, in the 2008-09 season, against Manchester United, in a final played in Rome and he repeated the title in 2010-2011 against the same rival at Wembley. In the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons, also at Barcelona, he ended up being eliminated in the semifinals at the hands of those who would end up being champions, Inter and Chelsea.
At Bayern Munich he was eliminated in the semifinals on three occasions (2014, 2015 and 2016) against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético of Madrid, respectively.
Already with Manchester City he was always eliminated before the semifinals: he fell in the second round against Monaco and against Liverpool in the quarterfinals. The same in the 2018-19 season, when they fell to Tottenham after an incredible 4-4 at home. And in the current season, he is in the final where he will play against Chelsea. Will he be able to win the most important club level trophy in the world again?