Manchester City was rocked by Real Madrid, who handed Guardiola and his team their most humiliating defeat in the Bernabeu with another spectacular late comeback.
Pep Guardiola’s determination to capture the famous trophy for Manchester City has been strengthened by the club’s tragic Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.
Madrid stunned City with another dramatic late comeback in the Bernabeu, handing Guardiola and his squad their most humiliating defeat.
Guardiola is considered to be much more determined to take the title than he was when City was eliminated when a spot in the final was within reach.
To demonstrate his dedication, the 51-year-old coach is expected to sign a contract extension with City that will keep him at the club until 2025.
After conceding twice in 91 seconds, City was eliminated 6-5 on aggregate after a Karim Benzema penalty in extra time.
Guardiola has now failed to win European club football’s top award in six attempts since taking command of City in 2016.
Guardiola’s latest failure has prompted speculation that he may decide to leave City at the end of next season when his current contract expires.
Guardiola, on the other hand, is looking forward to working with Europe’s striker revelation Erling Haaland, who is likely to join the club this summer for £63 million from Borussia Dortmund.
Guardiola believes Haaland can make all the difference in City’s quest to conquer Europe after the team lost numerous opportunities to effectively end the tie in the first leg at the Etihad.
Guardiola won the Champions League twice with Barcelona, but hasn’t won it since 2011, when he was beaten by Bayern Munich and now City.