Starting back in 2008 and creating one of the greatest football sides ever, little did Guardiola think that one day it is his achievements which would stand in his way to success. As Manchester City face Barcelona in the second round of UEFA Champions League at Etihad Stadium, it would be interesting to see if the men in blue can try and change things around.
Barcelona with a previous 4-0 win would be entering the field to secure their spot in the final knockout stage of the European league, while the struggling Manchester City would be hoping to win this to keep their hopes of being in the top 16 alive. They need at least six points in three games to make it to the knockout, however, if they lose they might finally end up in the relegation zone.
Ending their six matches losing streak, Manchester City after defeating West Brom 4-0 might have high hopes of turning tables around. And with Pep Guardiola as their engine, we know it is possible. To win Manchester requires a strong attacking game, but at the same time need to focus on their defence. They just cannot afford to see the Messi magic yet again, not unless they aim to be pushed deeper down the hole.
Sergio Aguero is expected to be in top form after his graceful performance against West Brom. All eyes lie on the attacking duo of De Bruye and Sergio Aguero, it is them who can change the game at any instance and who with their world class performance can stun the opposition.
It is going to be tough for Willy Caballero, as he fills in the place of experienced Claudio Bravo who was red carded in the last encounter. If he manages to keep MSN from finding the back of the net, it will provide their attackers more than a half a chance to salvage something out of this game.
After his tactics miserably failing the last time, Pep would be required to make some serious changes in his game plan. Using Sergio Aguero to his full potential and at the same time containing MSN should be a top priority on his bucket list.
With Manchester City looking confident after their last match and Barcelona looking a bit held back after their 1-0 win over Granada, it would be interesting to see which team comes out on top. It would also be fun to see how two former teammates and top managers in the world use their skills and experience to provide some tough time to each other.