Since his arrival at Manchester City, the Champions League journey of Pep Guardiola has stopped at the quarter-finals at the latest. However, starting last season, the Citizens managed to reach the semi-finals after beating Borussia Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate to then face PSG.
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In the four previous editions, Guardiola and his City had not been able to get that far. In the 2016/17 season, they were eliminated in the round of 16 by Monaco, where a very young Kylian Mbappé was playing. In 2017/18 they advanced to the quarterfinals but were knocked out by Klopp's Liverpool. In 2018/19, in a very even series, they saw Pochettino's Tottenham celebrate. And in the last season, also in the quarterfinals, they left the ticket to the semis at the hands of Olympique Lyon.
It will be only his second semifinal in 6 years with the Sky Blues
After eliminating Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals of the 2021-2022 season, the Catalan will play his second semifinal with City but also became the coach who reached the Champions League semifinals the most times.
In total, he has taken his team to this stage of Europe's most important tournament nine times, surpassing José Mourinho, who did it eight times, managing Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid.
Guardiola did it with Barcelona four times (2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012), with Bayern Munich three times (2014, 2015, and 2016) and with Manchester City twice (2021 and 2022).
It will be Guardiola's 9th semi-final in the Champions League. Of the previous eight, he has reached the final in three, where he ended up lifting the Orejona. Facing him will be Real Madrid. With Carlo Ancelotti at the helm and with Benzema, Vinicius, Modric, and a great squad, City will face the most complicated challenge this season.
The list of coaches with the most Champions League semifinals
Josep Guardiola (Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City): 9
José Mourinho (Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid): 8
Carlo Ancelotti (Juventus, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich): 8
Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United): 7
Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich, Real Madrid): 6
Miguel Muñoz (Real Madrid): 6