April 25, 2022 – The end of the season is fast approaching. The final of the Champions League is getting closer and closer. The first semi-final is scheduled for Tuesday night and that’s a dream. Real Madrid will visit Manchester City. Although the Madrilenians impressed in the round of 16 and quarter-finals, Pep Guardiola’s side have every reason to be confident ahead of Tuesday night’s clash.
Manchester City are widely regarded as favorites to win the Champions League. After all, Guardiola’s team reached the final battle for the billion ball last season and are currently leading the Premier League, the toughest competition in the world. But with Real Madrid as opponents in the semi-finals, a very difficult task awaits the English leaders. The Spanish record champions are also in the lead at home, while they have already broken away in the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.
So Manchester City will be cautious, although they have every reason to start with confidence. This is not least thanks to Guardiola. The former midfielder can already look back on an impressive career as head coach. Guardiola has been at the helm of Manchester City for more than five years and was in charge of FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich before his adventure in England. As the head coach of Barca and Bayern, he regularly met Real Madrid. And the Spaniard might remember that with a smile. He has won 11 of his 19 meetings with Real Madrid.
That didn’t work as the head coach of FC Bayern Munich. Under Guardiola’s leadership, the Germans had to face their superiority twice at Real Madrid in 2014. But as coach of FC Barcelona, Guardiola has won one after the other. Between 2008 and 2012, the Catalans met their rivals 15 times. Nine wins, four draws and only twice did Real Madrid take the three points. Barca’s finest win over Real under Guardiola dates back to his debut season as head coach. On May 2nd, 2009, the Catalans surprised friend and foe with a 6-2 win at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Guardiola also successful as a city coach against Real
Two seasons later, Barça gave football lessons to their rival again. On November 29, 2010 it was 5-0 at the Camp Nou. Manchester City and Guardiola would of course sign for a repeat of the moves in the semi-finals of the current Champions League edition. Guardiola also faced Real Madrid as Manchester City head coach. In the 2019/2020 season, both teams met in the round of 16 of the multi-billion dollar ball. Both the first leg and the second leg ended in a 2-1 win for the English side. This qualified them for the quarter-finals, in which they surprisingly lost to Olympique Lyonnais. Now a victory over Real should be the prelude to the first Champions League overall victory in the club’s history.