Congratulations must first be given to Chelsea for winning their second Champions League trophy. Thomas Tuchel and his boys fought really hard to get to the final and rightly deserve to be crowned the Champions of Europe.
But, that shouldn’t take anything away from Manchester City who finally reached a final in their history under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard have done a fantastic job since he was appointed and he will keep doing it until the day he decides to walk away.
Against Chelsea, Guardiola might have gotten his team and tactical setup wrong but it also showed how brave he can be. He was ready to tinker with his team to take Chelsea by surprise and hit them on the counter attack.
That approach worked but sadly, City don’t have that world class attacker who can finish off chances in high pressure matches with aplomb. That x-player who can stand up and be counted.
Nevertheless, City’s failure is not a curse but a blessing. It is the perfect inspiration to get the players believing that they can be Champions of Europe and all they need now is two or three world class finishers.
While the club rebuilds, Guardiola must find the right words to keep his players grinded and believing. He has to ensure superstars like Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Rodrigo or Aymeric Laporte don’t start doubting his capabilities to deliver them Europe’s elite trophy.
Once he succeeds in keeping them, Manchester City will be champions of Europe.