Man City boss Guardiola can rectify his ‘biggest f*** up’ in PSG clash

Pep Guardiola has the chance to banish the demons of his "biggest f*** up" of his managerial career as Manchester City face off against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League semi-final.

Guardiola is already a club hero at City, and with another Premier League title on the way it seems unlikely his legacy will ever be in doubt.

But everyone knows what the endgame for Guardiola is, and that's the Champions League.

The Spaniard has won the European Cup twice, both times at Barcelona.

In his first attempt with Bayern Munich following his exit from the Nou Camp, his debut season ended in disaster.

While Bayern walked the league and won the DFB Pokal against Borussia Dortmund, their Champions League campaign ended at the hands of Real Madrid in what Guardiola would later call the "biggest f*** up" of his career.

Going into the game, Guardiola was deliberating whether to play a 3-4-3 or a 4-2-3-1 formation, and seemed to settle on the former, telling his assistant coach not to let him change his mind.

However, just hours before the game, his players had talked him out of it and encouraged him to go with a more attacking line-up and to take the game to Madrid at the Bernabeu.

The match ended in disaster, with Madrid coming out 4-0 winners to put a sour note on a successful debut campaign in Germany for Guardiola.

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Later, according to the book 'Pep Confidential', he would refer to the game as the biggest "f*** up" of his career.

Guardiola has failed to get past that stage of the competition since, and there has often been suggestions that that fateful night in Madrid has haunted him ever since.

Against Lyon last year, Guardiola was accused of overthinking his team selection once again, as City crashed out of the competition at the quarter-final stage.

City opted to go for a three-man defence with Fernandinho starting at centre-back alongside Eric Garcia and Aymeric Laporte.

That move backfired, with City chasing the game in the second half after an error-laden first 45.

Against PSG, Guardiola can afford no more errors, and needs to ensure he sticks to the tactics that have made City runaway Premier League leaders.

The iconic boss is on the brink of making history this season, with a third domestic league title in four years on the horizon.

City's position hasn't come to them by accident, but because they've played sensational football for large portions of the season.

Guardiola's task against Paris Saint-Germain – in both legs – should be simple; more of the same.

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