Guardiola lost the Champions League final for the first time in his career. He was defeated by Chelsea 1-0 at Manchester City in Porto.
Guardiola’s final lineup shocked the football world. He sent a team without a defensive midfielder to the turf, although City almost always have at least one midfielder and saboteur. These people are usually Rodri or Fernandinho, but Guardiola has now decided to let them sit on the bench.
He chose Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Bernard Silva, Riad Mahrez and Phil Foden. The position of the central midfielder is solely the responsibility of Ilkay Gündogan. In such a lineup, Manchester City looked desperate. They lost only one game after the first 45 minutes, which is a miracle.
After the game, Guardiola’s decision to bring the team to the court without a defensive midfielder was criticized by many people.
“I made what I think is the best decision for our team,” Guardiola defended after meeting in Porto.
The Catalan said: “Like when I played against Lyon or against PSG and Borussia last season, I did my best in the election. I did my best. I chose the player I think will win, my football. Athletes know this.” Gündogan praised.
“I think he played very well. I made this decision because Gundogan knows how to play in Germany. We hope to have lower and faster players on the field. Whether it is in the middle or the center, this is our greatest One of the qualities. We did not do this in the first half and broke their boundaries, but it was much better in the second half.”