Adrian Durham says Pep Guardiola is ‘the architect of his own downfall’ after another Manchester City Champions League exit
Adrian Durham has torn into ‘arrogant’ Pep Guardiola following Manchester City’s stunning Champions League defeat to Tottenham.
The Drivetime host says the Spaniard is ‘the architect of his own downfall’ and believes his dreadful game management is the reason why City have not made any progress in Europe since he took charge.
Guardiola’s side were dumped out of the Champions League by Premier League rivals Tottenahm on Wednesday on away goals, after an outrageous second leg at the Etihad Stadium.
It’s the third straight season they have failed to progress past the quarter-final stage – crashing out to Monaco and Liverpool in his first two seasons.
The defeat to Spurs had led the reemergence of ‘Fraudiola’ jibes from rival fans, over his failure to produce in Europe since his spell in charge of Barcelona, despite millions at his disposal at Bayern Munich and Man City.
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And now talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham says the celebrated Spaniard has a ‘huge flaw’ in his ethos as a manager.
“I think Pep Guardiola is the architect if his own downfall,” he said.
“In the first leg against Spurs, he started Riyad Mahrez, left out Kevin de Bruyne and had Fabian Delph at left-back because he still hasn’t solved that left-back problem in all the time he’s been there.
“He brought De Bruyne and Leroy Sane on after 89 minutes – it’s as if he doesn’t know the away goals rule exists! It would surely be better to lose 2-1 than 1-0.
“In the second leg, Sane comes on in 84 minutes – why not before then?
“We’ll go back a couple of seasons to the Monaco away game – two down in half an hour. Liverpool away last year – three down in half an hour.
“Against Spurs they conceded two at home inside ten minutes and then couldn’t defend a corner for the crucial third goal, the handball goal from Fernando Llorente.
“So, look at those facts – Pep Guardiola’s game management is non-existent in the Champions League, in a two-legged affair he’s had zero skills with game management since he’s arrived at Manchester City.
“This is a huge flaw in what he’s doing. For me, Pep is defensively flawed in his selection and tactics.
“His selection is an issue: Vincent Kompany, no John Stones, De Bruyne left out for no reason and not brought on…
“There’s an arrogance about it. He’s basically saying, ‘We’re going to Spurs but we don’t need De Bruyne’. Really? Why are you underestimating Spurs?
“His transfer policy – left-back has been a problem for years and they need a centre-half, so why did they splash £60m on Mahrez?
“He didn’t even come on [against Spurs]! A £60m summer signing, should he be coming on to save you in the Champions League?
“They didn’t actually need him, other areas of the pitch needed addressing – another defensive midfielder, another centre-half and another left-back!”
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