The Champions League escapes Guardiola again. Ten years after lifting his last ‘orejona’, the one from Santpedor has had his best opportunity leading Manchester City to the final of the competition for the first time in its history. However, their ‘coach attack’ Before the game, lining up an eleven without a midfielder or a forward, it took its toll on him and paid the expensive price for his daring.
Although Guardiola himself assured that he was proud for his team making it this far, for competing “incredibly well in their first final” and for their “exceptional season”, you have to ask the City for more. Especially after the pharaonic investment that the club takes to bring the long-awaited Champions to the club’s showcases.
Some 1,000 million euros in transfers since Guardiola landed (and more than 2,000 since Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed did) are demanding more than a Champions League final in return. And it is that the tap was not closed last season despite the pandemic, with Manchester City spending 170 million euros in transfers. Spending, and not investing, since that money still does not give them revenue in their great objective.
With the Catalan coach at the helm, Manchester City has drawn the checkbook to carry out four of the five most expensive signings in its history: Ruben Dias (68 million), Riyad Mahrez (68 million), Joao Cancelo (65 million) and Aymeric Laporte (65 million).
“In return”, Guardiola has achieved three Premier Leagues, one FA Cup, four League Cups, two Super Cups … but no international trophy. His first ‘match ball’ he has lost, perhaps being the most responsible, but his team, the one with the 1,000 million has given the first step to reach European glory, compete for it.