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Football is a funny game, a City vs Bayern Champions League final is on the cards

The Champions league semi-final draw was announced on Friday and it kept the most ‘tasty’ clashes apart. Real Madrid will play Manchester City over two legs while Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid will clash in the other semi-final tie. In all probability, the two biggest names – Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – will clash in a dream final at the San Siro in Milan on May 28th.

But is Real vs Bayern a ‘dream’ final this year? A Madrid derby in the final looks rather appealing especially if they replicate their 2014 title clash, when Real won after scoring thrice in extra time. But surprisingly, the rather more appealing potential final seems to be Bayern Munich vs Manchester City, with Bayern manager Pep Guardiola getting an early introduction to the side he will be managing next season onwards, Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola was announced as taking over from Manuel Pellegrini earlier this year, and ever since then City’s challenge for the Premier League title has fallen apart, with the announcement proving to be a massive distraction to the players and probably the manager. However they have done exceedingly well in the Champions League, impressively beating Paris Saint Germain in the quarters – in what was billed as the battle of the newly-rich clubs.

Guardiola was announced as Bayern Munich manager over three years ago, when Jupp Heynckes was still in charge. Heynckes had a point to prove and went on to win the Champions League that year (2013). Guardiola took over the world’s best side, and only with a Champions League title can he hope to even match Heynckes’ achievements.

It is highly probable that history will repeat itself and Guardiola will once again take over a Champions League winning side. Pellegrini is an astute manager and will want to leave an indelible mark as he leaves City. For Guardiola though, this double whammy may be too hard to swallow. For once, the manager has to win the Champions League more than the club itself.

 

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