Paris Saint-Germain could be looking to snatch away Pep Guardiola from Manchester City and bring him in to replace their current gaffer, Thomas Tuchel.
According to Le 10 Sport, the Saints would also love for Xavi Hernandez, Guardiola’s former pupil at Barcelona, to join them.
And one assumes this is all geared towards PSG finally winning the Champions League – the title that continues to allude them despite their copious resources and big-name stars like Neymar.
At the moment, the Citizens have their manager contracted until 2021 although there were some reports stating that there’s a break clause in the deal which could see the Catalan coach leave at the end of the ongoing campaign.
If true, this would definitely be a boost for the French outfit.
Of course, having never won a Champions League trophy in their history and with only domestic success on their resume, it’s easy to see why they would be gunning for a manager of Guardiola’s stature.
Ever since his rise to prominence back when he was in charge of Barcelona, Guardiola has been leaving his mark all across Europe and making his claim in the conversation as one of the all-time greats.
But even though he was fairly successful both with Bayern Munich in Germany and with Man City in England, scooping up numerous domestic trophies, he never actually achieved success in Europe’s most elite competition with any team other than Barcelona.
With the Blaugrana, he won the unprecedented sextuple while his stints with Die Roten and the Citizens only yielded league and domestic trophies.
Of course, this is in no way meant to undermine his success since he has been able to completely dominate England with his current club.
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Man City underwent a true renaissance under their new gaffer, winning a treble last season after lifting the Premier League title with an incredible 100 points the campaign prior.
But in many ways, the Citizens are craving the very same thing as PSG – the Champions League crown.
Just like the club that’s trying to snatch away their coach, they haven’t really found any kind of success outside of the English border, but Guardiola was supposed to be the one to finally gift them a European medal.
So far, it simply hasn’t happened and we’ll have to wait and see whether the Catalan manager can pull it off before his eventual departure from the Etihad.
Still, if he was to join PSG, he would likely win Ligue 1, that much is certainly plausible, especially considering they have done so without him six times in the last seven years.
But Guardiola traditionally struggles in the knockout stages of European competitions, as evidenced by his last two stints – the best he could do with Bayern was the semi-final all three times he tried and with Man City, he’s yet to even get past the quarter-finals.
Some of those games were pretty damning as well. On aggregate, Bayern lost 5-0 to Real Madrid, and 5-3 to Barcelona before failing to beat Atletico Madrid, while Man City lost 6-6 on away goals to Monaco in a real upset before being bested by Liverpool and then Tottenham.
Granted, we are yet to see what he manages to achieve in 2019/20 but is he really the man to win Paris their historic first Champions League crown when he only ever did it with one club before and that club happened to employ Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta?
Not to mention that with Neymar Junior’s future still largely in the dark, some reports suggesting PSG could be looking at some alternatives as per France Football (via Sport Witness), Guardiola might arrive to a weakened squad.
Guardiola is no doubt a managerial great, but maybe PSG are barking up the wrong tree – looking at European football’s past rather than what is about to happen next.
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