Manchester City’s six years of suffering in the Champions League
Three straight outings in the quarter-finals against Liverpool, Spurs and Lyon, thrillers in Monaco and Madrid, and heartbreak against Chelsea in the final in Porto… Man City’s SIX YEARS of suffering under Pep Guardiola in the Champions League
- It was another Champions League heartbreak for Manchester City
- Pep Guardiola’s men were dropped in the semi-finals by Real Madrid
- It’s six years under the Catalan boss where they failed to conquer Europe
- Here Sportsmail look at other times City failed on the Continent
It was once again heartbreaking for Manchester City on the biggest stage in Europe.
They were just minutes away from booking their place in this year’s Champions League final, but were defeated by a resilient Real Madrid side at the Bernabeu.
It’s a sixth consecutive campaign under Pep Guardiola where they have failed to conquer UEFA’s elite club competition. Here, Sportsmail’s JACK GAUGHAN looks back on their last six years of suffering.
It was once again Champions League heartbreak for Man City and Pep Guardiola
2016-17: Monaco, round of 16, lost on away goals
The home game, an up and down 5-3, is one of the Etihad’s finest games under Pep Guardiola.
But, as Guardiola feared a goalscoring fest at the Stade Louis II, he selected an aggressive side who were beaten 3-1 by a side of exciting young stars such as Kylian Mbappe. Full-back Aleksandr Kolarov played centre-half past Nicolas Otamendi.
Man City lost on away goals against Kylian Mbappe’s Monaco side in February 2017
2017-18: Liverpool, quarter-finals, lost 5-1 on aggregate
With Aymeric Laporte and Ilkay Gundogan both picked out of position, City were hit by three Liverpool goals in a 19-minute frenzy in the first half of the first leg at Anfield.
The officials’ decisions were against City and Guardiola was sent to the stands by referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz for his admonitions over a disallowed effort from Leroy Sane as they trailed 1-0 in the second leg.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side tore City apart in two quarter-finals in 2018
2018-19: Tottenham quarter-finals lost on away goals
Refereeing decisions again infuriated City as they slumped in the last eight. Mistakes too, as Sergio Aguero missed a penalty in the away first leg, which they lost 1-0.
The comeback affair was frantic, ending in a 4-3 victory for City. But that was mixed with more misfortune, with a last-minute goal from Raheem Sterling scored for offside on a VAR check as Mauricio Pochettino and his team sealed an away goals victory.
Tottenham secured a stunning quarter-final victory on away goals against City the following year
2019-20: Lyon, quarter-final, lost 3-1
The worst night of Guardiola’s reign as he was criticized for playing a back three, a rare system at City. The defensive trio included youngster Eric Garcia and midfielder Fernandinho.
They were then shocked with mistakes on both ends. Sterling missed an open goal to equalise, while mishaps at the back led to Lyon’s three goals.
City’s loss to Lyon in the quarter-finals was one of the worst nights of Guardiola’s reign
2020-21: Chelsea, final, lost 1-0
City never left their mark on last season’s final. The manager again came under fire for his starting XI, opting for Gundogan as a midfielder ahead of Rodri or captain Fernandinho, who had been integral to their journey to a first final.
City were toothless in attack and left dazed when a challenge from Antonio Rudiger forced Kevin De Bruyne off with a fractured eye socket. Aguero came off the bench in his last game for the club but was unable to meet any of the crosses thrown as they searched for a leveller.
City never left their mark on last season’s final losing to Chelsea in Porto
2021-22: Real Madrid, semi-final, lost 6-5 on aggregate
Much like defeats to Liverpool and Spurs in previous years, City were undone by short spells of defensive disarray but also by a plethora of missed chances.
Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden squandered chances in the first leg and saw Real escape Manchester with a one-goal deficit.
But City should have seen the semi-final out, one goal clear with a minute of regulation time to play. Rodrygo scored his opening seconds after Jack Grealish twice came dangerously close to sealing the tie as City crumbled.
City were undone by short spells of defensive disarray against Real Madrid on Wednesday