English Premier League (EPL) Manchester City coach Pepe Guardiola (52) is called the best manager of the 21st century.
After taking the helm for the first time in 2008 at Barcelona, a famous Spanish club, he created a sensation in European football with his elaborate passing game. He sometimes got caught up in overly creative tactics, but there weren’t many people who could compare his skills or performance.
In fact, coach Guardiola, who took charge of Man City (2016-) through Bayern Munich (2013-2016) in Germany, has lifted 32 official first division trophies so far.
Even Guardiola had an Achilles heel. After he left Barcelona, who lifted the championship cup in every tournament he participated in, he had no connection with the Big Ear (the nickname of the European Champions League championship cup).
The last time Guardiola won the European Champions League, which determines the best in Europe, was in 2011. In Munich, it was considered unlucky, but it became a kind of jinx when he suffered a lot in Man City, a rich club that spends money generously.
In particular, in the semifinals of the Champions League in the 2021-2022 season, even after winning 4-3 in the first leg against Real Madrid, he lost 1-3 in the second leg and lowered his head. Guardiola, who met on the same stage with the same opponent for the first time in a year, lamented, “It was a hellish time.”
Fortunately, Guardiola’s pain did not repeat itself. Man City defeated Real Madrid 4-0 in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals of the 2022-2023 season held at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England on the 18th. Manchester City, who tied a 1-1 draw in the last leg and led 5-1, won a ticket to the final.
Manchester City will challenge Italy’s Inter Milan to win their first championship on June 11 in Turkiye Istanbul.
Not only the top of Europe, but also the highest honor of treble (three crowns) awaits. It is a great opportunity to shake off the regrets of the 2018-2019 season’England Treble’ (EPL·England Football Association Cup·League Cup).메이저사이트
Man City is likely to be the first to lift the championship cup in the EPL. Man City, with 3 games left in the EPL, is now 85 points ahead of second-place Arsenal, who played one more game, with a 4-point lead, and only one win will confirm the championship. It is the first EPL championship in the history of the club.
Man City, which boasts strong power, is on a winning streak with synergy with Elling Hollan, the “monster goal scorer,” who set a new EPL record (36 goals) for the most goals in a season in the first year of joining. Man City is determined to use this momentum to run to the FA Cup final against ‘noisy neighbor’ Manchester United on June 4. If you win both competitions, you can prepare for the Champions League final with confidence.
“It’s closer (to the treble),” Guardiola said. “Man City are doing really well this season. Fans around the world watching us will also be happy.”