Pep Guardiola Believes Manchester City Was “Almost Perfect” Last Year: “We Played Fantastically Well”

Published 02/16/2022, 1:29 PM EST
Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City has had one of the most incredible rises to the top of the world of football as their owners invested heavily to get the club to this level in just 10 years. They signed the best players available and definitely signed the best manager in Spanish legend, Pep Guardiola.

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The Premier League club had already won their first league title before 2015, but Guardiola was brought in later that year to help turn the club into the dominant champions that they are now. However, there’s still one piece of silverware missing from City’s trophy cabinet; the UEFA Champions League trophy.

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Pep Guardiola speaks about City’s “almost perfect” 2020-21 UCL campaign

City got the closest to Champions League glory last season when they reached the final of the UCL. It was an all England final as Manchester City met Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea. While City were favorites to win, the game didn’t go like most people thought it would, and Chelsea ended up winning it all.

Pep Guardiola talked about that loss and whether City’s UCL campaign was a failure in his eyes. He spoke in a post-match interview after City’s match against Sporting Lisbon, as reported by Sky Sports.

We make almost a perfect Champions League season last season. We play 13 or 14 games, I don’t know how much it is, we won 12. We draw one, already qualify here in Portugal against Porto, we played fantastically well, and we lost the final… ‘What a f**** failure is the team,’ and it’s not true,” Guardiola said.

 

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Manchester City and their prospects in the league and beyond

It’s almost expected at this point that City will be topping the Premier League table this season. They have a lead of nine points over Liverpool, who are in second place and have a game in hand.

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In Europe, they are flying high in the UCL where they beat Sporting Lisbon by a scoreline of 5-0 in the first leg of their Round-of-16 matchup. Hence, they are likely to advance to the quarterfinals and it’ll be interesting to see if they can win it all this season.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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