The Manchester City he stayed on the verge of winning the first Champions League in its history and Guardiola to silence the detractors who criticize him for not having won it after leaving Barcelona. For many, that the ‘cityzens’ have wasted an occasion like this has been a failure, but not for pep.
He made it very clear in his statements after the game, assuring that “they were happy to be here”. aware of the difficulty of it and of what must be worked to achieve it. Not in vain, since 2011 Guardiola had not returned to a final and City had never passed the quarterfinals, so he wanted to praise the work of his players.
However, the gestures say much more than words and there was one that went unnoticed and was overshadowed by the Chelsea celebration and that has been rescued in this “hangover” of the Champions League.
Unlike many when they lose a final, Guardiola celebrated his second place by kissing the silver medal upon receiving it. An admirable attitude, especially when his Manchester neighbors have made headlines this week for their disdain for the recognition of runners-up in the Europa League final against Villarreal.
One of the images from the UEFA Champions League final. Pep Guardiola kissing the runner-up medal. He had never lost a European Cup final before. Today he had to fall, and he accepted the stumble with class, nobility and sportsmanship. Know how to win, know how to lose. GREATNESS. pic.twitter.com/TaEpDf1qWy
– Undefeated (@InvictosSomos) May 29, 2021
In fact, not only the manager’s gesture shows the value of reaching the final for Manchester City, but the majority of the players, in contrast to what United’s did, if they left their metal hanging, proud to be the second best team in Europe.