Guardiola lost the Champions League when he thought of Newcastle in the Bernabéu – 06/05/2022

Manchester City qualified for the 2020/21 Champions League final by beating PSG 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium. He won the semifinal leg by the same score, in Paris.

Gabriel Jesus closed the division in the 32nd minute of the second half. By necessity, Pep Guardiola only traded Zinchenko for the Brazilian striker, in the 19th minute of the second half. In the first match against France, only one change in 90 minutes: João Cancelo to Zinchenko.

The sacrifice of the team that played for the Champions paid off in the Premier League. After all, the good of the blue team from Manchester over United United is ten points and the title will be confirmed mathematically in the 36th round.

To the point that City, in the past, just a week after qualifying for the European final, raised hopes and lost 2-1 by Chelsea, who would be the killer in the decision holder of the Estádio do Dragão.

The situation in 2021/22 is just the difference. The decision to take place in the final was away from home, at the Santiago Bernabéu against Real Madrid. Also to better manage the goal. And, most importantly, the inconsistency in the running points is now serious, just a prelude to Liverpool.

An event like the 2018/19 season. The city went on to become the winner, with 98 points, one more than Liverpool in the standings. Unless Guardiola was relegated from the Champions League quarter-final by Tottenham and could devote himself to the final of the English competition, when the Reds have expressed their feelings with interest. Compete nationally by beating Spurs themselves.

Now it is necessary to teach to listen. And when Mahrez opened the scoring in Madrid with the power of the ball that defeated Courtois, in the 28th minute of the second half, the world thought the semi-final was final. Such as Pep Guardiola.

That is why he traded Gabriel Jesus for Grealish and Mahrez for Fernandinho. He has already made two changes: Zinchenko to party Walker, which the coach has kept on the field for as long as possible, and Gundogan to the wearer Kevin De Bruyne. Both do seconds before the public goal.

Lots of exchange of thoughts on both fronts, unlike last season. After all, on Sunday, for the 36th round of the Premier League, the team had another “final” home defense against Newcastle at Bruno Guimaraes difficult, and Liverpool could lose on Saturday, at Anfield, against Tottenham who find a place to live. Champions.

But against Real Madrid who have looked deadly against PSG and Chelsea in the last stages and more at the Bernabéu, even if you do not give a little time to be useless, or you are out of your best interests. rank and the end of sweat and concentration. to the end.

The exchange after the goal is scored even if it makes good sense, to strengthen the middle ground and accelerate the pace of change. So much so that Grealish lost two chances to make it 2-0. The game was controlled and the merengue team seemed tired and inconsistent.

But it was Real Madrid at the Bernabéu. Rodrygo’s goal of the 90’s raised a massive death and a shattering of faith in the stadium out of the race, which still won the “shell” in the major competitions in the world, surprising. Security, until a break, turns to horror with Rodrygo’s second mission and the Bernabéu in ecstasy.

More time is just the tip of the iceberg than predicted: both teams disagree, but Real still have the stars Vinicius Júnior and Benzema, who suffered and changed the penalty. Guaranteed place, up to 15 goals in this match, tenth in the playoffs.

Fernandinho will also miss an incredible goal in the final game of the first half of extra time. Is it Mahrez, Jesus or De Bruyne, who goes out for 90 minutes, thrown away? Or will there be more time if Guardiola holds the starting line-up, as he did last season?

We may not know. The fact is that Real Madrid is in for a treat and will bring the talent of his stars, the mystique and the weight of his shirt and, most importantly, the passion until 28th, at the Stade de France. After all, the Spanish name was matched last week.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are looking for City in the league and still have the final FA Cup win over Chelsea, two weeks before the national decision. It can weigh heavily on Jurgen Klopp and his men.

Pep Guardiola will watch the other Champions League final on TV or on mobile via streaming. Because he had committed the death knell of thinking about Newcastle in the Bernabéu before the final whistle. He pays dearly, very dearly. Even more than 100 million euros were spent by storage Jack Grealish.

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