Liverpool fans gesture towards Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
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Pep Guardiola was ridiculed when he backed Barcelona to mount a historic comeback from 4-0 down against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last season.With a similar deficit facing Manchester City, Guardiola didn't sound quite as convinced.Guardiola's decision to change his approach and play an extra central midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, instead of winger Raheem Sterling was based on his belief that it would allow City to take charge of midfield.Unless City pull off a Barcelona-style recovery, it will be seven years since Guardiola last won the Champions League – when Barcelona won for the second time with that enchanting 3-1 victory over Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.City under Guardiola were eliminated by Monaco in the last 16 last year, and now face an exit in the quarterfinals.It seems ungrateful to criticize Guardiola and his approach, given his City team could clinch the Premier League in record time this weekend after playing some of the best football ever seen in the English game.Guardiola won't make the same mistake in the second leg against Liverpool.
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