G.Uardiola crosses the path of Real Madrid again. Or those of Ancelotti cross, once again, in the way of Santpedor. As he wants to see each one. One step away from the Istanbul final, one tie away from playing the Orejona. Another semifinal that has the aroma of a final. Another duel for history.
The one in this Champions League It will be the fourth confrontation in which the City coach and Madrid face each other. The most recent, the one from the last edition, ended with those of Ancelotti signing an anthological comeback. The 4-3 of the first leg at the Etihad and the 0-1 with which the skyblues got at the Bernabu did not presage the outcome that led Ancelotti’s men to the grand final.
GUARDIOLA’S NUMBERS AGAINST REAL MADRID
– with Barcelona: 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses
– with Bayern: 2 losses
– with manchester city: 3 wins and one loss
Three editions before City was the one that took the tie, winning both games in the round of 16 match. Isco’s initial goal came back at the Bernabu and ended up winning at the Etihad as well. Two victories to win his first duel with Madrid as a citizen coach with authority.
From glory in the Clásico to humiliation in Munich
Nothing to do, that is, with the previous time the white team met Pep. The Catalan coach, at that time on the Bayern bench, received a severe correction with a 1-0 draw at the Bernabu and the remembered 0-4 draw at the Allianz Arena.
To close that carousel of confrontations, the first of all and perhaps the most special for both. As a Barça coach, in that magical season of the 10-11 where he won his second ChampionsThe man from Santpedor left the tie almost resolved at the Bernabu with a 0-2 draw, with Messi at the helm, which made things very difficult for his eternal rival. The 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou confirmed Pep’s success in his first European confrontation with his great rival.
Gone are also victories to remember with Bara as the 5-0 to Madrid de Mourinho or the 2-6 of the sextet. Also disappointments like that final of the Mestalla Cup. A long journey with joy and sadness, with euphoria and anger and a rivalry that promises to last over time. Because Madrid will always be there and Guardiola, as long as he remains on a bench, it is difficult to think that he will leave the European elite. In fifteen days, the umpteenth chapter with the Champions League in the background. To enjoy.