Pep Guardiola will put the morbid in the round of 16 of Real Madrid. The City coach, icon of Barcelona and independence, will return to the Bernabeu six years after his last visit. It was with Bayern, in the semifinals of the 2014 Champions League, a tie that ended with a 5-0 overall in favor of the whites, who would later win the Tenth in Lisbon.
Since then, the paths of Guardiola and Madrid did not cross again, although Catalan darts were not lacking in recent years. The last was his peculiar ranking with the best teams of the decade, in his opinion, where he did not place the white shield, despite the four Champions conquered in five seasons.
The City travels with a bad face for the Premier, with few options at this point to revalidate the title against the intractable Liverpool, distanced to 14 points. Even so, the celestial team continues to wear world-class players, such as De Bruyne , Sterling , fast and vertical, prominent in the well-known Guardiola system, king of possession and touch.
His fervent political activism, very aggressive against Spain in his last interventions, the yellow tie on his lapel, although not during the European matches, and his culé past will dress one of the best football duels that has drawn the round of 16.
That last step by the Bernabéu with Bayern, was, in fact, his only defeat in all the matches he has faced as a coach in the White Coliseum (eight), one of the fields where he has better balance, although his steps date from his stage in Barcelona. It was in the 2013/14 season, falling 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions semifinals.
Until then, the balance was positive since a decade ago, in the 2008/09 season, he made his debut as coach of Barcelona at the Bernabéu, with a 2-6 and a crushing doimnio on the Madrid of Juande Ramos . The following year, also in the League, he won 0-2.
In the 2010/11 season, there was a double showdown, in the League and in the Champions League semifinals. In front of the Madrid that José Mourinho was already leading, he tied Barcelona in the League (1-1) and won the European tournament 0-2. Contrary to what would happen with Bayern years later, that year Barcelona eliminated Madrid and proclaimed champion of the Champions League.
In the last of his seasons as a Barca coach, despite losing the league title against Madrid de Mou, Guardiola came out again with a victory of the Bernabéu in the League (1-3) and also won the Cup ( 1-2). In the Spanish Super Cup, he managed to draw (2-2) in Chamartín.
The last time Madrid and City were measured, then directed by Manuel Pellegrin i, it was in the semifinal of 2016, duel and later title (Milan) that ended up winning the team trained by Zinedine Zidane.
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