According to Lothar Matthäus, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola should be concerned about his job after losing out on the UEFA Champions League title to domestic rivals Chelsea last weekend at the Estadio do Dragao.
Chelsea beat Man City 1 nil in the final and the German World Cup winner is of the opinion that Guardiola must take the most blame for what can be described as a disappointing performance by the Citizens.
He claimed that the Spanish manager stole the trophy from his team with an awkward starting selection that caused concerns. He added that the Spaniard’s future should not be fully assured but be in some doubt.
“With his line-up he stole the Champions League from the club and the fans and he has to rightly listen to the harsh criticism from all sides,” stated Matthäus in his Sky Germany column.
“I am sure that there will be internal discussions about whether to part with him. The players will doubt him since that final.”
Many folks were surprised by Raheem Sterling’s presence in the starting lineup on Saturday night. Pep Guardiola also decided to start without neither Fernandinho nor Rodri and this decision caused the greatest uproar.
He deployed Ilkay Gundogan in a holding midfield role and this made the Citizens susceptible to counter-attacks by Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
“He had to try something again,” said Matthäus, noting Guardiola’s reputation for tinkering tactically ahead of big games, “present an imaginary ingenuity at the worst possible moment and totally deserved to lose.
“How can you play without a defensive midfielder in the most important game in club history, who was on the pitch in almost every game of the season, who ensures the balance, who gives everyone involved the necessary security?
“Why did he leave Rodri and/or Fernandinho out, start six attacking players and also play without a centre-forward?”