Reaching European finals isn’t for everyone, is it? Jürgen Klopp has only taken us to three European finals after all. In fact, R Jurgen has been to four European finals since Pep Guardiola last made it to one. Last night Manchester City were once again dumped out of the Champions League in the quarter finals. Liverpool could see their title defence boosted by City’s quarter final exit.
Bridging the gap
Liverpool ran away the Premier League title this year, ending the season a whopping 18 points ahead of Manchester City in second place.
The Reds opened up a chasmous gap between the two sides just a year after City pipped the Reds to the title by a point.
The extraordinary winning margin of this year has left the Citizens with quite a gap to bridge, if we know Pep Guardiola then they’ll be doing so with a chequebook.
City dumped out of Europe
Last night Man City were once again dumped out of the Champions League in the quarter finals – this being the third year in a row that they’ve been eliminated in the quarters.
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The Citizens were bested by a thoroughly impressive Lyon but Guardiola’s side only have themselves to blame; Raheem Sterling missed an open goal and Ederson was at fault for all three goals conceded.
There are certainly questions to be answered at the Etihad as the club just cannot seem to get to that elite level they are striving for.
Liverpool title defence boost
Kopites around the world were breathing a sigh of relief when City were knocked out last night.
Of course we dread City winning the Champions League because they have become bitter rivals of ours of late but their winning the competition would have more concrete consequences as well.
City winning the European Cup would greatly enhance their already almighty spending power. With a humongous gap to bridge before next season the Citizens would have been wanting to make a marquee signing or two.
Guardiola being knocked out of the Champions League early will likely have impeded his ability to make this statement signings. Winning the European cup is worth a lot more than being knocked out in the quarters, winning the competition is also a massive attraction for potential signings.
If you are weighing up a move to City now then surely the prospect is less enticing given that they’ve just lost the league by nearly 20 points and they can’t seem to get further than the quarters in the most important club competition there is.
Can they really make up an 18 point gap without major reinforcements?