Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola took responsibility for Man City’s struggles in European competitions. [source- ESPN]
Speaking at a press conference, this is what he said:
“I felt responsible for the defeat to Lyon.”
“How the club and players fought, I was not able to drive them. I feel responsible watching the game, we were not good enough.
“The reality is every team and manager has to dream with high expectations, but the reality is we have not performed to the level.
“I feel so bad for the players, but this is a new opportunity and we start again”.
“I have the feeling that we are close”.
“Every season when I analyse the way we went out, I felt we are close, but in the same time we make mistakes that make you feel we don’t deserve to go through”.
“I don’t think it’s mental, it’s about desire. Having won the domestic titles, the next is the Champions League, and we had a good opportunity”.
Manchester City got knocked out in the quarter finals of last year’s Uefa Champions League. They were handed a shock 3-1 defeat by French club Olympique Lyonnais.
Pep Guardiola has won every domestic honor since he arrived in England.
This includes two Premier League titles, three EFL cups, two Community Shields and a solitary FA Cup.
Yet, the Champions league still eludes the Spaniard in his stint at City.
Despite starting as favorites every year in the UCL since Guardiola took charge, Man City have not gotten past the quarter finals.
Manuel Pellegrini remains the only manager to take City past the quarters, losing to Real Madrid in the semifinals of the 2015-16 edition.
This year may be Guardiola’s last chance to deliver the elusive trophy to The Etihad.
His contract at City runs out in the summer of 2021. The talks of contract extension have not yet reached a definite stage.
Man City start their quest for European glory against FC Porto on Wednesday.
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