Three consecutive eliminations in the quarterfinals against Liverpool, Spurs and Lyon, suspense in Monaco and Madrid, and heartbreak against Chelsea in the Porto final… City’s SIX YEARS of suffering with Pep Guardiola in the Champions League
- It was heartbreaking once again in the Champions League for Manchester City.
- Pep Guardiola’s men were eliminated in the semifinals by Real Madrid
- They are six years at the command of the Catalan in which they have not been able to conquer Europe
- Here, Sportsmail looks at the other times City have fallen short on the continent.
It was heartbreaking once again for Manchester City on Europe’s biggest stage.
They were just minutes away from booking their place in this year’s Champions League final, but a resilient Real Madrid trounced them at the Bernabéu.
It is the sixth consecutive campaign under Pep Guardiola in which they have failed to conquer UEFA’s elite club competition. Here, Sportsmail’s JACK GAUGHAN looks back on the previous six years of suffering.
It was heartbreaking once again in the Champions League for Man City and Pep Guardiola
2016-17: Monaco, round of 16, lost on away goals
The first leg, a 5-3 swing, is one of the best games at the Etihad with Pep Guardiola.
But, with Guardiola fearing a goal-fest at the Stade Louis II, he selected an aggressive side that were beaten 3-1 by a side featuring exciting young stars like Kylian Mbappe. Full-back Aleksandr Kolarov played as a central midfielder ahead of Nicolas Otamendi.
Man City lost on away goals against Kylian Mbappé’s Monaco in February 2017
2017-18: Liverpool, quarter-final, lost 5-1 on aggregate
With Aymeric Laporte and Ilkay Gundogan out of position, City conceded three Liverpool goals in a 19-minute first-half frenzy of the first leg at Anfield.
The referees’ decisions went against City and Guardiola was sent to the stands by referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz for his reproaches for a disallowed shot by Leroy Sané when they were 1-0 up in the second leg.
Jurgen Klopp’s LIverpool shattered City in two quarter-final matches in 2018
2018-19: Tottenham, quarter-finals, lost on away goals
The referees’ decisions angered City again as they crashed out in the last eight. Mistakes too, as Sergio Agüero missed a penalty in the first leg away from home, which he lost 1-0.
The second leg affair was hectic, ending in a 4–3 victory for City. But there were more misfortunes, with a last-gasp Raheem Sterling goal ruled out for offside in a VAR check as Mauricio Pochettino and his side sealed a shock away win.
Tottenham achieved an impressive away goals quarter-final victory over City the following year
2019-20: Lyon, quarterfinals, lost 3-1
The worst night of Guardiola’s reign, as he was criticized for playing from three behind, a rare system at City. The defensive trio included young Eric Garcia and midfielder Fernandinho.
They were then shocked by the mistakes at both ends. Sterling missed an open goal to equalize, while mishaps at the back led to all three of Lyon’s goals.
City’s defeat to Lyon in the quarter-finals was one of the worst nights of Guardiola’s reign
2020-21: Chelsea, final, lost 1-0
City never made their mark in last season’s final. The manager was again criticized for his starting XI, opting for Gundogan as a holding midfielder ahead of Rodri or captain Fernandinho, who had been integral to his run to a maiden final.
City were toothless in attack and left stunned when a challenge from Antonio Rudiger forced Kevin De Bruyne to retire with a fractured eye socket. Aguero came off the bench in his last game for the club, but couldn’t find any of the crosses thrown as they searched for a leveler.
City never made their mark in last season’s final, losing to Chelsea in Porto.
2021-22: Real Madrid, semi-final, lose 6-5 on aggregate
Like Liverpool and Spurs defeats in previous years, City were unraveled by brief spells of defensive disarray, but also by a host of missed opportunities.
Both Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden squandered chances in the first leg and allowing Real Madrid to slip away from Manchester just a goal down spelled trouble.
But City should have seen the semi-final, a goal up with a minute of regulation time to play. Rodrygo scored his first few seconds after Jack Grealish twice came dangerously close to sealing the equalizer as City collapsed.
City were undone by brief spells of defensive disorder against Real Madrid on Wednesday.