Manchester City swallowed up huge investments to try to win the C1, but it was missed.
Pep Guardiola missed a huge opportunity to win his third Champions League trophy as manager at the Estadio do Dragao on Saturday against Chelsea.
Thomas Tuchel’s side beat the Sky Blues for the third time in three different competitions in the space of just one month to win the Grand European Trophy.
Since Guardiola’s appointment in 2016, Manchester City have dominated English football, having won three Premier League titles, four Carabao Cup trophies, one FA Cup and two Community Shields.
“We played incredibly well,” Guardiola said after the final. “It was our first time here. We have to prepare to come back someday.”
The Catalan tactician embraced the finalists’ medal to demonstrate what Manchester City have achieved in reaching their very first Champions League final. After a few seasons of elimination in the quarterfinals of the competition, the Sky Blues eliminated Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain en route to this year’s final.
However, in the final they failed to defeat Chelsea who took a deserved 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Kai Havertz in the first half.
Manchester City become one of 20 clubs to have reached a Champions League final but never won the trophy.
The roster consists of teams such as three-time finalists Atletico Madrid, as well as Stade de Reims and Valence, both of whom have reached the final twice without winning it. In Guardiola’s five seasons at the club, Manchester City have spent € 938million on rookies and grossed € 315million in sales.
A net investment of € 623million led the team to no less than 10 titles, but the Sky Blues failed to achieve their primary goal of winning the Champions League.