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Yet another Spanish defeat for Pep Guardiola

He just can’t win. The former Barcelona coach has lost each of his four return visits to Spain with Bayern and Manchester City, conceding nine and scoring none.

Yet another Spanish defeat for Pep Guardiola

Nine goals conceded, no goals scored

Pep Guardiola isn’t likely to remember his return visits to Spain since he left Barcelona with any fondness. He’s played four away matches against LaLiga teams in the Champions League, losing all four. The scoreboard isn’t easy reading either. Nine goals conceded and none scored.

Despite the obvious attacking power of his sides, both Bayern and Manchester City failed to score a single goal. With Bayern he reached three successive semi-finals and, year after year, was undone by Spain’s ‘big three.’ On each occasion his side played the return leg at home but was unable to overturn defeats in the first leg. Last night Manchester City were ripped apart in the group stages by Barcelona and will now turn their attention to the return fixture at the Etihad with the aim of securing the runner up spot in Group C.

Leo Messi, Barcelona's hat-trick hero against Manchester City

Madrid stun Bayern at the Allianz

Real Madrid were Pep’s first rivals in the semi-finals back in 2014. A cautious first leg at the Bernabéu finished 1-0, a goal from Karim Benzema making the difference. The scene was set for a comeback. But Real Madrid, then managed by current Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti, tore Pep’s side to shreds at the Allianz on their way to a 4-0 win with two goals apiece from Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Benzema celebrates his goal against Bayern in 2014, the only goal of the first leg

Barcelona ease to Camp Nou win

A year later Bayern once again reached the semi-finals where they were drawn against Pep’s former side Barcelona. A Leo Messi brace, including one stunning goal which tied Jerome Boateng in knots, gave Barcelona a 3-0 win at the Camp Nou, all but wrapping up the tie. Bayern’s 3-2 win at the Allianz proved in vain.

Lionel Messi chips past Manuel Neuer back in 2015

Bayern undone by resilient Atleti

2015 saw Pep try his luck once again in the semi-finals, this time facing Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid side. Once again they lost the away tie, a wonder goal from Saúl Ñíguez the difference at the Vicente Calderón. A nervy return leg at the Allianz finished 2-1, with Antoine Griezmann’s goal and Jan Oblak’s penalty save frustrating Guardiola’s Champions League aspirations for the third consecutive year.

Saúl's goal was the difference at the Vicente Calderón on 2016