Pep Guardiola seems to have been struck again by a wild curse, as Manchester City was thrown out of the Champions League.
After Riyad Mahrez gave the Premier League champions a two-goal advantage over Real Madrid, it looked like they were set to secure their place in Paris’ showpiece final. Rodrygo’s remarkable two-minute brace was followed in extra time by a Karim Bizka winner.
City, who were competing for the treble only weeks ago, are now facing a setback. However, they could still end the season with nothing as the Premier League title race is at the wire. Guardiola’s Liverpool side is only one point ahead of Liverpool, and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are looking for an unprecedented quadruple.
Experts are still trying to understand how City let a tie they had managed for most of the tie slip away in its final stages. Guardiola’s fate is still being predicted by football fans four years ago.
Yaya Toure, a legend at the Etihad Stadium after eight seasons, was awarded the FA Cup winner’s trophy in 2011 to mark the beginning of a new era. Guardiola had a nasty argument with Yaya Toure, and the Ivory Coast midfielder was forced to leave.
Toure claimed in an interview that City boss was treating him cruelly and was jealous of him. This was followed by a bizarre prediction made by Dimitry Seluk, his agent. The dispute between Toure and the City boss had apparently caused ‘African Shamans’ to oppose Guardiola, preventing him from lifting the Champions League once again.
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Seluk said: “God sees everything. A man who was with Yaya, the legend at the club, but under different pretexts didn’t give him the chance to play on the field.
“He turned all Africa against himself, many African fans turned away from Manchester City. And I’m sure that many African shamans in the future will not allow Guardiola to win the Champions League. This will be for Guardiola an African curse. Life will show whether I am right or not.”
The latest exit means Guardiola now shares an unwanted record with old foe Jose Mourinho as the managers to lost the most Champions League semi-finals. Defeat at the Bernabeu sealed a sixth exit in the final four for the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager.