Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra has criticized the mentality of Pep Guardiola, the coach of Manchester City, blaming him for the failure in the Champions League this season against Real Madrid, according to statements published by the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, Tuesday, May 10.
Manchester City bid farewell to the Champions League this season from the semi-finals of the tournament at the hands of Real Madrid, after losing 6/5 on aggregate (won 4-3 in the first leg and lost 1-3 in the back), in a dramatic scenario.
And last season, City finished runners-up after losing to Chelsea in the Champions League final (0-1), and it was the first time that the Celestial team reached the final of the prestigious competition.
Patrice Evra blames Guardiola for Manchester City’s failure in Europe
Despite City’s impressive performance in the English Premier League and topping the “Premier League” table, three points ahead of second-placed Liverpool, it is facing a miserable failure in the European Championship.
“Manchester City needs leaders, but Guardiola does not want them; Their task is difficult, as there is no player with personality on the field who can help.”
Patrice Evra’s statement on the reasons why City failed in Europe
He concluded his speech by saying: “Guardiola chooses his team in this way, he cannot train players with a tyrannical personality, he wants a team that controls everything in it, when things go wrong he is the decision-maker, the players go to City only for money.”
City are expected to challenge for the Champions League again next season when they get the signature of Erling Haaland, who is approaching the Etihad Stadium, where the 21-year-old will sign a five-year contract with City, and he will receive a base salary of £400,000 a week, excluding bonuses, according to the British newspaper, The Mirror.
Guardiola’s relationship with Barcelona stars was strained during his tenure at Barca
In Barcelona, the Spanish coach signed Inter Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in order to add another offensive dimension to Barca; But Guardiola’s relationship with the Sweden international took a turn for the worse.
Ibrahimovic was tired at the time of what he thought was favoritism towards 22-year-old Lionel Messi, before he later decided to move to Milan; To fail one of the biggest deals of the Catalan club in history.
“Ibra” wrote in his autobiography about a conversation he had with Pep Guardiola, saying: “Guardiola was yelling at me and telling me I didn’t know how to play ball, so I told him you’re bothering yourself because of Jose Mourinho, go to hell!”
Yaya Toure and Guardiola have a long-running feud. In a 2018 interview with France Football, the now-retired midfielder accused the Spanish coach of having a problem with black and African players – though he later apologized for making the comments. As is known to all his differences with Samuel Eto’o when he was playing under his leadership in the ranks of Barcelona.
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