Pep Guardiola and Manchester City are just one game away from lifting their first UEFA Champions League trophy together. The Sky Blues had amazing progress ever since the Spaniard took over the coaching role, as the team became an unstoppable force in the Premier League and collected multiple domestic titles.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager won worldwide recognition for the way his teams played, as he succeeded in every club he has managed so far. However, since he left the Blaugranas, Guardiola struggled to be crowned in Europe again. Despite his spell in Germany didn't lack silverware, he couldn't deliver the expected UCL triumph.
Once in Manchester, he didn't have such immediate pressure to getting that title, but it was only a matter of time before those demands put him over the edge. It's been a tough road so far, as the Citizens lost some golden chances of pushing for the trophy, but they finally reached the final for the first time, and they are full of hope ahead of the big night. Guardiola could be handing City their first European honor, while he also has the chance of tasting continental glory after a long time.
The Champions League trophies lifted by Pep Guardiola as a coach
Barcelona's best years probably were under Pep Guardiola between 2008 and 2012. A man of the house, he completely changed the club's culture and went on to be the leader of what is considered one of the best teams in soccer's history.
Pep Guardiola won two Champions League titles in charge of Barcelona in that successful span. Both times Manchester United were the victims of that fantastic team. The first championship came in 2009 when the Cules defeated 2-0 the Red Devils. The likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Samuel Eto'o, and Thierry Henry belonged to that mighty squad.
Guardiola's second and so far latest succes in the UCL was in the 2010-2011 campaign, in which Barcelona were crowned in great fashion after knocking Real Madrid out in the semifinals and then beating 3-1 Alex Ferguson's boys at Wembley.
Since then, Pep couldn't lay his hands on Europe's greatest trophy again. He couldn't even reach the final for a long time - his Bayern Munich side came up short in the semifinals every time, and his Manchester City just made it to the big game.
After failing to advance past the quarterfinals for four consecutive seasons, the Sky Blues are finally very close to claiming their first UEFA Champions League title. The upcoming grand final doesn't only mean a historic opportunity for the club, but also a good chance for Pep Guardiola to end his drought.