In “Rothen Ignites” this Thursday on RMC, Emmanuel Petit made a lengthy plea to Pep Guardiola and his failures in the Champions League. He advised the Manchester City coach to question himself and reconsider his attitude.
Another failure for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola. Despite their victory in the first leg in England (4-3), and the opener in the return match of Riyad Mahrez (73rd), Manchester City took the door in the semi-finals of the Champions League. Overthrown by Real Madrid (3-1 after extra time), the Skyblues again fell from above. A sixth failure in as many seasons under Guardiola, now cursed in the league he once dominated. Winner of the C1 in 2009 and 2011 with FC Barcelona, the Catalan technician has since had some serious failures to which we now have to add the disillusionment of Santiago-Bernabéu.
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For Emmanuel Petit, a member of the Dream Team RMC Sport, City’s new failure is above all that of his coach. In particular, he criticizes him for his always very demonstrative attitude on the edge of the field, this ability to get excited in all directions at times when his players might need some rest. “It was an electric battery, he took the lead with Mahrez and Foden, he underlined this Thursday in the program “Rothen Ignites”. He has to let his players focus on their game. It’s crazy, he was angry the whole game. We Even saw that his assistants sometimes didn’t dare to answer him. He was over-enthusiastic when his team qualified for a very large part of the match. Without being flamboyant,” Manchester City were in control. We saw the contrast with Jürgen Klopp the day before at Villarreal-Liverpool. Even when his team was trailing 2-0, Klopp kept his composure.”
“It’s a psychological problem”
“The same goes for Carlo Ancelotti against Manchester City. There is a great human dimension coming out of this coach. Nothing has been faked. I have a lot of respect for Guardiola and what he has delivered. But I also want to bring back the light and let himself be. go like a genius… If he does that tomorrow with a regular team, without a budget of three billion, I tell him he is the best coach in the world. case. The result is relentless. It has been 11 years since he the Champions League, as he no longer has Lionel Messi in his team,” the 1998 world champion insisted. In his view, an interrogation is necessary for Guardiola.
“We realize on the European stage that Guardiola’s playing principles have a certain limit, Petit continued. It is not a problem to play well or to have money. It is often a psychological problem. History repeats itself. Watch them emerge from the Guardiola can’t find the cure. He is so obsessed with his game principles that he forgets that free refereeing the players on the pitch is important. Once we get to money time, he wants people to say he is brilliant. And he’s brilliant! But we have to give the players free will, and he doesn’t know how to do it.”
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After this new poor performance in C1, Guardiola admitted he had taken “a big blow”. Without looking for an excuse. And without doubting his future with the Cityzens, who is under contract until 2023. “I am very happy here, he assured Spanish television. We are still missing something to get to the final, but we are still there. ” He will now focus on the Premier League, where City lead by one point over Liverpool with four games to go.