Pep Guardiola (52), Manchester City coach, made an unusual ‘self-congratulation’ ahead of the match against Real Madrid. Guardiola’s remarks shined even more as Manchester City beat Real.
Man City defeated Real Madrid 4-0 in the second leg of the semi-finals of the 2022-23 season European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) held at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England on the 18th (Korean time). Manchester City, who had previously drawn 1-1 with Real Madrid in the first leg, secured a ticket to the final with an aggregate score of 5-1.안전놀이터
I broke the ‘jinx’. Man City met Real in the UCL semi-finals and lowered their heads twice. Real has been particularly strong in the UCL, and Man City has slipped in the tournament every time so far.
It was different this time. Man City put on a one-man show, with Bernardo Silva scoring two goals in the first half, and added two more goals in the second half to win. It was the second time since the 2020-21 season that we reached the finals, and took the opportunity to challenge for the first UCL championship.
In the first place, Man City’s finals was not an easy mission. However, Guardiola was unusually self-congratulating ahead of the second leg against Real Madrid.
Huben Dias (left) and John Stones led the scoreless victory. (Photo Credit=Getty Images)
Manchester City players rejoice after scoring. (Photo Credit=Getty Images)
According to British media The Sun on the 17th, Guardiola said, “My legacy is already special,” and “I have been here many times already. The legacy is that we’ve already had a hell of a time.” It means that there were regrets even though I admired the fact that I had advanced to the final several times so far.
However, Guardiola said, “For five or six years, the players score a lot of goals, concede few goals, and win many games. (The public) will remember a generation of players who did very well for a long time,” he said. “People have to remember that. it will be a good book I don’t know if people will remember us or not, but we had a good time.”
Manchester City, led by Guardiola, became the best team after winning the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2017-18 season. From this time to last season, he has reached the top of the EPL four times in a total of five seasons. It was Guardiola’s ‘self-praise’ for a reason. In addition, Guardiola’s remarks became more brilliant as he defeated Real and reached the UCL final.
Man City challenges Inter Milan to win the UCL. (Photo = Getty Images)
The performance this season is also dazzling. Man City (85 points), with 3 EPL games left, is 4 points ahead of second place Arsenal (81 points). Moreover, Arsenal are in a situation where Man City is closer to the trophy with only two games left. ‘Treble (three crowns)’ is also possible. This is because if you win just one game in the UCL and FA Cup, you win the championship.
Man City will clash with Inter Milan, who advanced to the final by beating AC Milan, on the 11th of next month in Turkey, Turkey over the Big Year (UCL Trophy).