Pep Guardiola hasn’t had the best record in the Champions League since leaving Barcelona after winning the trophy in 2008-09 and 2010-11, suffering several humbling exits at Barca, Bayern Munich and Manchester City. So what has happened?
2011-12, Barcelona: Semifinals
LOST TO CHELSEA – 3-2 ON AGGREGATE
Didier Drogba’s goal in first-half added time gave Chelsea a 1-0 win in the first leg and a last minute goal from Fernando Torres claimed a 2-2 draw on the night in the second to send Barca out.
2012-13, Did not manage
Guardiola announced that he would quit as Barcelona coach and would be taking a year away from the game.
2013-14, Bayern Munich: Semifinals
LOST TO REAL MADRID – 5-0 ON AGGREGATE
After a 1-0 defeat at the Bernabeu, Bayern collapsed 4-0 at home. Two early Sergio Ramos goals, plus Cristiano Ronaldo’s record-breaking 15th and 16th of the season, earned Madrid a 13th final.
2014-15, Bayern Munich: Semifinals
LOST TO BARCELONA – 5-3 ON AGGREGATE
Barca had won the first leg 3-0 at the Camp Nou after an inspired performance from Lionel Messi, and Guardiola said before the return game that Bayern could only beat his former club if they adopted a patient approach. Bayern took the lead on seven minutes when Medhi Benatia was left unmarked to head home a Xabi Alonso corner but Neymar’s double left them with a mountain to climb. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller gave them a 3-2 win on the night but it wasn’t enough.
2015-16, Bayern Munich: Semifinals
LOST TO ATLETICO MADRID ON AWAY GOALS – 2-2 ON AGGREGATE
Atletico Madrid knocked out Bayern Munich on away goals despite losing the semifinal second leg 2-1 at the Allianz Arena. Bayern had erased their 1-0 first-leg deficit through Xabi Alonso in the first half, and both teams had penalties saved, but Antoine Griezmann’s goal shortly after the break proved decisive as Atletico hung on to win with a 2-2 aggregate scoreline.
2016-17, Manchester City: Round of 16
LOST TO MONACO ON AWAY GOALS – 6-6 ON AGGREGATE
Manchester City’s defensive frailties cost them as they crashed out with a 3-1 defeat at Monaco. Guardiola named an attacking lineup for the second leg of the round-of-16 tie but that backfired as Monaco overcame a 5-3 deficit to win on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate draw.
2017-18, Manchester City: Quarterfinals
LOST 5-1 TO LIVERPOOL
Guardiola was sent to the stand as his Manchester City side were knocked out 5-1 on aggregate by Liverpool. A 3-0 hammering in the first leg was followed up by a 2-1 defeat at home.
“I said it was a goal. That’s why he sent me off. It was the difference between going in at half-time 1-0 and 2-0. If you go in 2-0 at half-time it’s a little bit different and when [the ball] came off Milner, it can’t be offside.
“It’s different when the first goal in Anfield is offside. These kind of games, this competition the impact is so big. The goal for Gabriel Jesus in Anfield is a goal, it’s not offside. It’s a penalty from Robertson on Raheem Sterling right in front of the fourth official. Of course that has an influence.
“What I would say is big congratulations for Liverpool — hopefully they can defend English football in the semifinals. They are a top team and a top manager. I would say they deserve to be in the semifinal, they made an outstanding 45 minutes.”
Guardiola’s Champions League record as a manager in numbers:
2 – times Guardiola has won the tournament, with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.
5 – he has reached five other semi-finals, two with Barca and three in as many seasons with Bayern Munich.
1 – only once before has Guardiola’s run been ended by English opposition, when Chelsea defeated Barca in the 2012 semi-final.
104 – games managed in the tournament, excluding qualifying rounds, placing him fifth on the all-time list. Only Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho have managed more Champions League games.
60.2 – Guardiola’s winning percentage in Europe’s elite competition.