City versus Spurs at the Etihad Stadium, a crazy game it was!
After 90 minutes of intense action, it ended 4-3 in favour of Manchester City on the night, yet they failed to progress to the next round on away goals rule.
Sterling thought he had scored an incredible hat trick in Europe’s premier club competition only for #VAR to rule his goal for offside.
That crazy game means Manchester City’s quadruple hopes and treble hopes for the 2018/2019 Season is effectively over.
All over the internet, TV stations and radios, Guardiola has faced some heavy criticisms for this, quite unfair.
The critics say; “you can’t buy the champions league” “Guardiola needs Messi to win” “Guardiola exposed” “Fraudiola” and many more.
Funny how the story could have been quite different had Sterling’s goal not been ruled out in the last minute via #VAR
City did not get knocked out for lack of trying or for playing defensive football or a pragmatic one.
City played their hearts out on Wednesday night, it was an attacking display the Citizens have become known for with De Bruyne providing a treble of assists.
A BAR TOO HIGH.
There are managers and there are managers. Some managers are not expected to make the top four, some are expected to win just cup competitions.
With Guardiola, the expectation is the quadruple, a bar he has set for himself all By himself via his obsession for perfection.
Pep has won the League in Spain, Germany and England as well as winning Cup competitions in those countries as well.
League cup triumph and League triumph are now normal expectations for Guardiola and his side. It is easy to forget how difficult this is ordinarily.
With Guardiola, Manchester City are constant contenders on all fronts and they are arguably the best side in England.
City have closed the gap on Liverpool in the title race this season, and come May, they may be celebrating defending the League title.
In Pep’s second season , his magic wand was felt as City stormed to the League title and the Carabao Cup in dominant fashion.
Guardiola may not have passed the #UCL quarter finals stage with Manchester City, but cut him some slack!
He is the major reason there was quadruple dreams in the first place.
The Spaniard has already secured the Carabao Cup this season, City are in the FA Cup final, where they face Watford and are still in the Premier League title run in, just two points behind Liverpool with a game in hand.
A domestic treble can cover Guardiola and Manchester City’s European struggle and wobble, cut ‘unlucky’ Guardiola some slack.