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And manage in: Never underestimate how hard it is to win

15 Abril 2018

With City's European venture over after coming unstuck against Liverpool in the quarter final stage to the tune of a 5-1 aggregate defeat, which culminated in a 2-1 second leg loss, Guardiola is eager to address his squad's successive shortcomings in the Champions League and build on the club's domestic superiority.

It is a decent follow-up to the Carabao Cup, the first trophy Guardiola bagged in English football when they put away Arsenal 3-0 at Wembley in February.

To complete a miserable six days, Guardiola also lost his cool.

The case will be heard on 31 May.

"That's what we will do (in the semis) but the other sides are not without their ambitions".

The father-of-two later tweeted: "I should have stuck a fiver on that". I was today with my chairman. Yet the side didn't miss a beat.

Barca have been extremely good defensively this season, but there was absolutely no sign of that solidity on this occasion as Roma followed a fairly straightforward game-plan - get the ball wide and deliver deep crosses to expose the lack of height of full-backs Nelson Semedo and Jordi Alba - and the visitors simply had no answers.

The man who was sent off at half-time for losing his temper with Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz when City were leading Liverpool 1-0 on Tuesday. Or Alan Pardew, who somehow managed to make a grim situation at West Brom even worse. Playing rigidly to principle is his greatest weakness.

Looking at the table, there could easily be half a dozen fresh managerial appointments before the start of next season.

"I would really like to do that as well sometimes, drink beer and watch a Champions League game". The Premier League is hard to hack.

His obsession to detail was illustrated last week when he was spotted methodically lining up reporters' recording devices in front of him at his press conference. No one on the City bench seemed to take charge and instruct players with any great passion.

Guardiola's obsession with the finer details has worsened. Previously he has claimed it is no better or worse than Spain or Germany, and he is in a position to know, though after the remarkable reversal of fortune on Saturday he said the unexpected derby result - "United did not have a single shot on target in the first half" - showed how tough the Premier League can be.

And manage in: Never underestimate how hard it is to win