Although his contract was extended weeks ago, 2020 will remain a year of forgetting in the career of Manchester City coach Josep Guardiola after his failure with the team at all levels, locally and in Europe.
Over the course of more than 4 years spent with the team, the “philosopher” coach led Man City to a large number of local titles, but he continued his European failure with the team and fell in his fourth attempt with the English team in the Champions League.
And with the imprint that Guardiola left on the team’s performance over the past years, the famous coach was subjected to violent criticism after falling to Lyon 1-3 in the Champions League quarter-finals last season.
The team also finished second in the Premier League last season, 18 points behind Liverpool.
Guardiola appeared confused, stunned and shocked that almost prompted him to quit coaching the team after the defeat by Lyon in the Champions League. The disappointment was enormous this time with the team’s new exit from the Champions League.
This is the fourth time in a row that Man City has failed with Guardiola in the championship, as the team led by this coach has never reached the Champions League semi-finals.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) stated, “This cannot be hidden from all the successes that Guardiola has achieved with the team in local tournaments.”
The British newspaper “The Guardian” asked, “How many times, Babe, how many times?”, Referring to the number of times that Guardiola needs to succeed with the team in the European championship.
“We will try again next season,” Guardiola said.
But the good start for Manchester City in the European Champions League this season – where he topped his group with 16 points out of 18 that were available to him in this role – coincided with a very poor start for the team in the English Premier League and placed it in fifth place after 15 games from the beginning of the season, 5 points On leaders Liverpool.
But this bad start did not prevent the club from extending Guardiola’s contract until the end of the 2022-2023 season, after this season was his last with the team according to the old contract.
Perhaps this renewal was due to the continued confidence in Guardiola’s ability to crown the team with the Champions League title, as he had previously crowned Barcelona the precious European title in the 2009 and 2011 editions.
The British media indicated that Guardiola’s continued failure in the continental competition seemed like a curse accompanying the Spanish coach, who has not reached the Champions League final since his departure from Barcelona training in 2011, as he failed in this during 3 seasons in which he coached Bayern Munich and then in the four seasons with His current team.
But the big setback Guardiola went through at the beginning of this season in the Premier League, may diminish the team’s ambitions this season, locally or in Europe.
Since Guardiola, 49, took over at Manchester City, he has won with the team 8 major titles, including two Premier League titles in 2017 and 2018.
Manchester City won 188 games out of the 256 matches the team fought under his leadership.
But Guardiola’s success with the team this season may depend on passing more than one challenge, foremost of which is congestion, chasing matches and many injuries.
Amidst the crowded matches and chasing them in this pressured season due to the outbreak of the new Corona virus in recent months, Guardiola has suffered from the curse of the injuries that haunt his team.
Guardiola and his team struggled in the face of some cases of coronavirus, as well as physical injuries, in an attempt to restore the team’s high level and ability to compete in tournaments.
Manchester City has suffered from the absence of some players in the recent period due to infection with the Corona virus and subject to quarantine, as well as physical injuries.
Just two years ago, Guardiola’s Manchester City was launching strongly, breaking records on its way to winning the Premier League title, but now it needs a massive uprising in results during the coming period to return to the competition circuit.
Guardiola hopes to return strongly during 2021 after a year of forgetting with the team, especially after he was reassured of his future with the team by signing the new contract.