Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola was asked an embarrassing question by German-based Nigerian journalist Oma Akatugba ahead of his side’s Champions League last sixteen tie with Schalke 04. For eight years now, the Spanish football tactician has not been able to win the Champions League and Akatugba wanted to know if he was unable to repeat the feat because of the absence of world class players such as Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
Akatugba noted that Guardiola is extremely popular in Nigeria and his supporters have argued that he’s the greatest coach in the world at the moment. Responding to his Nigerian critics, Guardiola said : ”I completely agree with them. When I was there I said many times I won with incredible players but I had in Munich and Manchester as well. But in Barcelona, I was a lucky guy I’m sorry. I was lucky and I agree with them.”
Bayern Munich lost in the UCL semi-finals to Spanish teams Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively with Guardiola in the dugout. In 2017, Guardiola’s City were knocked out in the last sixteen by Monaco and lost to Liverpool in the quarterfinals last year.