Pep Guardiola missed a huge opportunity to win his third Champions League trophy as a coach at the Estadio do Dragao on Saturday against Chelsea. Thomas Tuchel’s side beat the Sky Blues for the third time across three different competitions in the space of just one month to lift the major European trophy.
Since Guardiola’s appointment in 2016, Manchester City have dominated English football, having won three Premier League titles, four Carabao Cup trophies, one FA Cup and two Community Shields.
“We competed incredibly well,” said Guardiola after the final.
“It was our first time here. We must prepare to come back one day.”
The Catalan tactician kissed the runners-up medal to demonstrate what Manchester City have achieved by reaching their first ever Champions League final. After a few seasons of getting eliminated in the quarter-finals of the competition, the Sky Blues knocked out Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain on their way to this year’s final.
However, in the title decider they failed to overcome Chelsea who grabbed a deserved 1-0 win thanks to a Kai Havertz goal in the first half.
Manchester City become one of the 20 clubs to have reached a Champions League final but to have never won the trophy. The list consists of teams such as three-time runners-up Atletico Madrid, as well as Stade de Reims and Valencia, both of whom have reached the final twice without winning it.
In Guardiola’s five seasons at the club, Manchester City have spent 938 million euros in signings and have brought in 315m euros from sales.
A net investment of 623m euros led the team to as many as 10 titles, but the Sky Blues have not managed to achieve their primary goal in winning the Champions League.