May 5, 2022 – Missing the Champions League final hurts Pep Guardiola. Manchester City was already one and a half legs in Paris on Wednesday evening, but gave up the final ticket after a sensational comeback from Real Madrid. “It’s tough, I can’t deny it,” said Guardiola.
Leading 1-0 just before the start of injury time, Manchester City looked set for the Champions League final as Real Madrid scored twice through Rodrygo. In extra time, the Madrilenians were awarded a penalty within a few minutes after a foul by Ruben Días, after which Karim Benzema made it 3-1 from eleven meters away.
“We didn’t play well in the first half and didn’t get into our game. We got better in the second half and had control after the goal. We got into our game but unfortunately we couldn’t finish. The players gave everything. We were so close. Undoubtedly, it will have a positive impact on the Real Madrid players, but I don’t know what impact it will have on us,” Guardiola said.
It is not the first time for Guardiola that he has been eliminated as a coach in the semi-finals of the Champions League. That was the case five times before: in the 2009/10 and 2011/12 seasons at FC Barcelona and in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 at FC Bayern Munich. Along with José Mourinho, he is the coach who has most often been kicked out of the Champions League in the semi-finals.
Where Guardiola made history in a negative sense, Carlo Ancelotti will count himself lucky with the record that now bears his name. The Italian is the first manager to have led his team to the Champions League final five times. He did that in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. He has won three of the four finals.