F. or all the loot Pep Guardiola has won in Manchester City, the UEFA Champions League is the only trophy that has dodged him … yet.
The Catalan coach is no stranger to lifting the European Cup, having won it three times in Barcelona – once as a player and twice in the dugout.
But despite all those glorious nights in Catalonia, he failed to deliver the cup during his time at Bayern Munich, and his time at the Etihad has had that particular failure despite the bulging trophy cabinet.
When City Borussia Dortmund looked to reach the semi-finals for the first time under Guardiola, it felt like a weight had disappeared from both the coach and his squad.
However, a grueling first-half performance against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night suggested that City could fold again under the pressure.
- So it says a lot about Guardiola and his half-time team talk that City responded to his call for courage with a stunning comeback win to put himself on the eve of a Champions League final.