Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich were edged out of the Champions League yesterday night, after an intriguing second leg semifinal clash at Munich. Though Bayern defeated their guests by 2-1, but the away goal rule saw Atletico through to the final stage of the tournament which takes place at Milan on May 28.
The Catalan won the Bundesliga in all the three years in Bayern, but failed to go beyond the semifinal stage of the champions league courtesy of the top three Spanish clubs.
Pep’s champions league mission with Bayern in his first season in 2014 was interrupted by Real Madrid, who edged his side out in the semifinal. His former club Barcelona repeated same in 2015 at the same stage of the tournament, while Atletico Madrid despite losing at Munich edged out the Catalan’s side.
The trio of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico who are arguably among the current champions league teams to reckon with in Europe have completed a feat of stopping the former world best coach from going through the final.
It will be recalled that Pep once said that Simeone’s biggest trophy with Atletico was “making Atletcio equal with Real Madrid and Barcelona”.
His contract with Bayern ends this in June, and the Catalan is expected to resume with Manchester City in on July 1st, where he will face a new challenge with an English side in Europe.