MANCHESTER City under the leadership of Pep Guardiola again had to bury the dream to be able to embrace the first Champions League title in their history. Recently, Real Madrid made a comeback with The Citizen in the semifinals, so their steps to realize their dream had to stop.
Even though Manchester City had a 4-3 lead over Real Madrid in the first leg last week. Even Kevin de Bruyne and colleagues scored first in the second leg, Thursday (5/5) early morning WIB.
Unfortunately, Guardiola’s troops were unable to maintain the advantage. Heroically, Rodrygo Goes scored two goals in the space of 2 minutes at the end of normal time and forced Manchester City to play into extra time. In extra time, Los Blancos sealed their run to the final in Paris after Karim Benzema scored from the penalty spot and made it 6-5 on aggregate to win Real Madrid.
City fans are of course disappointed with their favorite team’s failure and attribute it to many factors such as Guardiola’s tactical mistakes after taking the lead, refereeing decisions to blaming the players. But in football, it’s not only a battle between two clubs on the field, which only competes with the quality of the players and how clever the manager’s strategy is, but there are other factors as well.
This time, there might be other factors that have made Man City yet again fail to keep their hopes up to bring The Wide Ears home. In 2018, Yaya Toure’s ex-City agent, Dimitri Seluk, once revealed that Guardiola had angered Africans.
Seluk claims that this is because the manager often reserves Yaya in his final year in the ‘Blue Sky’ uniform. “He (Guardiola) made the whole African community furious and attacked him. Many African fans have turned their backs on Manchester City,” Seluk said as quoted by Sportbible.
“And I’m sure there will be many African shamans in the future who will not let Guardiola win the Champions League. This will be a curse for Guardiola from Africa. Time will tell if it’s true or not,” he explained.
“The fact that Guardiola ended Yaya’s career at Manchester City is not a mistake, but a crime. It will boomerang on you, Pep. You will definitely continue to see what an African shaman is. Remember that always,” he stressed. (Goal/OL-15)