Manchester City faced off against Barcelona in the Champions League tonight and the game went exactly how many of us neutrals – and probably a fair few Man City fans – had predicted.
There is no shame in losing to Barcelona, arguably the greatest club side ever, but there are ways to go about it. The Citizens were nothing short of pathetic in the first-half, with the half-time whistle coming as welcome relief to all involved with the Manchester-based club – how it wasn’t more than just two goals is one of football’s great mysteries.
Luis Suarez, aided by the magical duo of Lionel Messi and Neymar, was having a field day as Liverpool fans no doubt cried into their jumpers, like you would if you bumped into an ex who was better off without you.
Anyway, although the Citizen’s gave a better account of themselves during the second-half, you always felt like Barcelona could go and finish them off whenever they fancied.
Bottom line, Manuel isn’t the man for City!
The whole world and his wife knew that Man City were basically lambs to the slaughter with a formation of 4-4-2 – as they have been time and time again in the past in the Champions League – but Manuel Pellegrini clearly didn’t want to show Barcelona too much respect, especially at the Etihad.
The plan backfired majorly with the La Liga giants embarrassing the Premier League champions in a brutal first-half. If Pellegrini refuses to adapt and change, then he simply cannot stay.
All the top managers have a trait about them; Jose Mourinho creates a siege mentality around his clubs, Arsene Wenger has his wisdom and knowledge, Sir Alex Ferguson had the hairdryer treatment and Pep Guardiola has his wonderful style of play.
What does the former Malaga gaffer actually bring to the party? No personality, no tactical wisdom and, to be honest, the job seems to be big for the current Citizens gaffer.
When it was announced that Pep was to leave the Nou Camp, rumour mill went into overdrive with the Spaniard linked with various jobs in the top flight of English football. However, Guardiola opted for the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich and recreated his legacy with Barcelona with the German giants.
As his contract ticks down at the Allianz Arena, Man City’s powers that be must be tempted to build something more long-term at the Etihad Stadium.