The bad memory that he brings to Etihad Pochettino, for whom Pep is jinx

Manchester City, led by Pep Guardiola, is close to the first Champions League final in its history, not only because they won 1-2 last Wednesday in the first leg of the semifinals against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Parque de the Princes but for his game, for his great moment of form. But, as for European competitions, Mauricio Pochettino, PSG coach, brings a bad memory at the Etihad, this Tuesday the scene of the return: when he was training Tottenham, the Argentine coach eliminated the ‘citizens’ in the quarterfinals of the Champions League 2018 -19. In any case, of 11 duels Pochettino has only beaten 3 to Pep.

Pochettino’s Tottenham beat Pep’s City 1-0 on April 9, a goal by Son Heung-min in the first leg. And, in a ‘crazy’ game, the Spurs lost 4-3 at the Etihad, but reached the semi-finals thanks to double the value of the goals in the opposite half. They scored for City Raheem Sterling (a double), Bernardo Silva and Kun Agüero. Son and Fernando Llorente did it again for Tottenham (whose ‘target’ was the final 4-3 in ’73 ‘and left out the’ citizens’).

The rest is history: Tottenham eliminated Ajax in the semifinals (0-1 in the first leg for those from Amsterdam, who had thrown Real Madrid and Juventus out of the tournament, 2-3 in the second leg for Pochettino’s, who later lost the final 0-2 against Liverpool).

But, in the confrontations between Pep and Pochettino, the Catalan coach is the great one to dominate. On 11 occasions they have met, on 11 Guardiola has won, with 5 draws and only 3 victories for the now PSG coach. This Wednesday, again face to face and with the Champions League final (on May 29 in Istanbul) at stake. At the moment Pep is ahead, 1-2.